New Delhi, Jan 18 (Agencies): In an effort to streamline the old-age pension disbursal system, Delhi Government on Monday decided to completely do away with paying the monthly emolument through post offices and instead it will be given through banks only.

Out of over three lakh old-age pensioners, 80,677 people have been drawing the amount of Rs 1,000 every month through post offices and they now have to open bank accounts within six months.

At a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit it was decided to pay the old-age pension through bank accounts only, said Social Welfare Minister Mangat Ram Singhal.

The city government pays the old-age pension to poor people aged 60 years or above.

"We have decided to pay only through banks as it will help in smooth transfer of pension money. More than 2,13,000 beneficiaries have already been receiving their pension through banks," said an official.

The Cabinet also recommended to Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna to prorogue the winter session of the fourth legislative assembly. The session commenced on November 23, 2010 and was adjourned sine-die on December 1, 2010.