After a day marked by images of long lines at the doors of banks across the country, the Central Bank, the La Bancaria union and public and private financial entities agreed to open this weekend to pay according to the schedule established by the National Social Security Administration (Anses).
The Central Bank reported today that the bank branches will attend from tomorrow from 10 to 17 in the City of Buenos Aires and the province of Buenos Aires with a payment schedule according to the last number of the DNI.
After going back and forth with the weekend hours, in the rest of the provinces the hours will be extended two hours at closing according to the hours of each branch. Meanwhile, the extension of the schedule will run until Wednesday.
Collection pending for the month of March and non-contributory retirements:
– Saturday April 4: 0 and 1
– Sunday, April 5: 2 and 3
– Monday, April 6: 4 and 5
– Tuesday, April 7: 6, 7, 8 and 9
Benefits for the month of April:
– Monday, April 6: 4 and 5 Non-contributory pensions
– Tuesday, April 7: 6, 7, 8 and 9 Non-contributory pensions
– Wednesday, April 8: 0 Retirements and contributory pensions less than 17,859 pesos
So, this weekend only those who have outstanding assets in March and non-contributory retirements, whose IDs end in 0.1, 2 and 3, will be able to collect.
And as of Monday, April 13, the schedule announced by ANSES continues. It was also reported that from now on the Federal Emergency Income (IFE) will only be charged at ATMs.
The BCRA clarified that it has already initiated actions to financial entities that did not provide services according to the circumstances. The monetary entity reported that it started “Summary actions to financial entities that have not provided the service according to the circumstances”, in reference to the inconveniences registered today in many entities for the payment of pensions and social benefits.
The novelty took shape after an emergency meeting of the president Alberto Fernández with the head of the Central Bank, Miguel Pesce, and that of the Anses, Alejandro Vanoli, to try to reorganize the payment of the Emergency Family Income (IFE) retirees who receive the minimum and beneficiaries of the AUH.
In the case of IFE, holders of Universal Child and Pregnancy Allowance who meet the requirements with documents ending in 0, 1, 2 and 3 will have it deposited today in their bank account. While those who have documents completed in 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, will see it reflected in their account tomorrow, Saturday, April 4.
One of the protagonists of the day was precisely the head of the BCRA. The queues at the banks in the middle of the quarantine put Pesce, in the eye of the storm as one of those responsible for the chaos in the City and Greater Buenos Aires after the banks’ branches opened. Thousands of people, including many older adults, crowded together and created a very negative context regarding the attempt to contain the coronavirus.
The official acknowledged that it was a very difficult situation and remarked that the monetary entity has been insisting for a long time with a message: “70 percent have a debit card, but people decided to go to the bank just the same. There are 35,000 mouths from which money can be withdrawn, without being the bank branches ”.
In fact, according to BCRA data, half of those mouths correspond to banks and the other half to supermarkets, pharmacies and other businesses where cash can be withdrawn.
The truth is that after almost two weeks of closure due to the preventive and compulsory social isolation measures in force in the country until April 12 inclusive, bank branches reopened today to allow the payment of pensions and other benefits from the Anses but it all ended in chaos in which there were dozens of decompensated retirees and exposed, being the most vulnerable sector, to the spread of coronavirus.
Tomorrow and Sunday there will be another two days in which the banks will open their doors but with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City of Buenos Aires and the province of Buenos Aires (in the rest of the country, attention is extended for two hours). at closing) and in which only those retirees who do not have a debit card and present themselves with their document and according to the calendar released by Anses may collect.