The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services says it was brought to the Ministry’s attention earlier Monday morning, a break-in occurred at the Sangre Grande Post Office, which resulted in some of the cheques related to the various grants and senior citizens pension being stolen.
While this is an unfortunate circumstance, the Ministry is cognizant that many of its clients will be adversely affected and so, the Ministry is seeking the public’s indulgence and patience during this time.
A total of 1,836 cheques were reported stolen.
All Financial Institutions, Merchants and Supermarkets were asked to be on the alert should these cheques be presented for payment.
A list of these cheques are available on the Ministry’s Website and social media platforms, and will be published in the newspapers.
The Ministry also takes this opportunity to remind grant recipients of its Direct Deposit System.
The Direct Deposit is a service where grant payments are deposited directly into the bank accounts of clients. It is an Automated Clearing House transaction that is a safe, reliable, proven, confidential method of receiving a payment.
Persons should call the Ministry’s hotline number at 800-1MSD (800 – 1673) or visit a Social Welfare Office in their region for further information on this initiative OR visit www.social.gov.tt to download a form and apply today.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this occurrence and reassures its clients that efforts will be made to replace the stolen cheques, so that any interruption to grant funding and its senior citizens’ pension is minimal.