ISLAMABAD: Frequent changes in distribution of pension by Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) at their whims have compounded woes of the pensioners. According to information received by Daily Times, former chairman EOBI Zafar Gondal executed an agreement with Tameer Bank for early and speedy payment of pension to millions of retired employees through Easy Paisa and ATMs. The retired pensioners had to face ironical situation when it took several months to understand the system and they had to face myriads of difficulties in receiving their pension. When millions of pensioners were placed on Easy Paisa network and the system started functioning uninterrupted, then the sitting chairman revoked agreement with Tameer Bank on the basis of certain complaints against bank administration and requested National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to pay pensions to the pensioners. This move of switching over to NBP again to pay pension has added the miseries of the retired employees. They voiced strong protest against EOBI administration. They said that NBP was already paying salaries and pension to billon of pensioners from all government departments and now additional burden of paying pension to pensioners of EOBI has been shifted to it. Long queues, poor sitting arrangements and step motherly treatment by bank employees are adding to the miseries of the pensioners. The sources told Daily Times that EOBI has once again decided to put pensioners into hot water. National Bank has once again revoked the system of distribution of pension and EOBI signed agreement with Al-Falah Bank and now the millions of pensioners. EOBI sources while talking to this scribe said that this project was being started with the approval of Chairman Saleh Farooqui and people will not have to stand in long queues outside the bank for collection of their pension and they will now be able to draw their pension through ATM. A large number of pensioners told Daily Times that majority of them are old, poor and illiterate persons. Widows are also included in the pensioners and they don’t know the method of using ATM for drawing pension. The issue of branches of this bank which are small in numbers across the country will also emerge as source of perpetual nuisance. They have demanded of the government to reform the pension distribution mode.