Food card users given Friday deadline to go biometric

Date: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 00:00

Persons who utilise the Food Card system, must become biometrically enrolled by Friday or will no longer be able to access funds.

This is according to a statement from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services:

"The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services has given Friday April 15, 2016 at the deadline by which all holders of the Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (TCCTP) (TT Food Card) should become biometrically enrolled.

The Ministry wishes to inform that failure to complete enrolment will result in a temporary disruption in the ability to access funds, as accounts will be put on hold. Once enrolled all cards will be reinstated.

The Biometric Smart Card System, a sequel to the Debit Card System implemented by the Ministry in 2006, seeks to harmonize the efficiency of the Ministry by providing a common platform for the delivery of various social service grants including the Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme to clients. 

This measure is being implemented as part of the Ministry’s systematic review and modernization of its registration process, and seeks to ensure that there are no disruptions to the provision of this critical service.
 
The Biometric System continues to be the mode of enrolment for all clients of the Ministry of Social Development and family Services. 

All Clients and card holders seeking to be enrolled must present the following ORIGINAL documents:

o          Birth Certificate;
o          National ID;
o          Utility bill, Rent receipt with address, Bank Statement OR any other document verifying your address."

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