Telangana government doubles social security pensions

Vastavam web: The Telangana government Wednesday decided to double the social security pension provided to various sections, including senior citizens, widows, persons with disabilities and beedi workers, fulfilling an electoral promise of ruling TRS. The decision taken at a meeting of the state cabinet Wednesday night would cost the exchequer Rs 12,000 crore annually, out of which the state government would bear Rs 11,800 crore. The Centre’s share is Rs 200 crore, an official release said.

The Rs 1,000 pension being given to senior citizens, widows, single women, those suffering from AIDS and others has been raised to Rs 2,016, the release said.The pension amount of Rs 1,500 given to ‘Divyangas’ and artists who are senior citizens has been raised to Rs 3,016. State ministers, MLAs, MPs, MLCs and others would attend these events, the release said.

Increase in the pension amount was a promise made by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the Decemberm, 2018 assembly elections which the party had swept. The cabinet has also decided to implement another election promise of TRS – reducing the eligible age limit for senior citizens’ pension from 65 years to 57, it said. The cabinet has asked officials to prepare the list of eligible beneficiaries.

In another decision, the cabinet has decided to remove cut-off date for beedi workers vis-a-vis pensions and provide the benefit to those having provident fund accounts upto Wednesday (July 17), it said. The Cabinet also gave its approval to the draft bill of proposed new Municipal Act, the release said.