Hyderabad: Proving that he is a man of his word, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced cent per cent increase in the Aasara pension amounts provided to eligible beneficiaries under various categories, commencing from the 2019-20 financial year. He proposed an allocation of Rs 12,067 crore towards distribution of Aasara pensions in 2019-20. Beneficiaries will receive the enhanced pension amount for the month of April from May onwards.
In fulfilment of his electoral promise, the Chief Minister stated that the Aasara pensions covering aged, widowed, single women, beedi workers, people suffering from filariasis, handloom workers and toddy tappers, will be increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,016 per month. For differently abled persons, their monthly pensions will be increased from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,016. Further, the age limit for oldage pensions reduced from 65 years to 57 years.
“The Aasara pensions are providing support to the helpless and needy. The pensions are directly reaching all the beneficiaries without any middlemen. These pensions have filled their lives with happiness. All those receiving Aasara pensions consider KCR as a son and a blessing to them. This is a great fulfilment in my political life. Aasara pensions are closer to my heart. As every paise is being utilised properly, we have promised in the last election that amount given under Aasara would be doubled,” Chandrashekhar Rao said. He also recalled meagre amounts provided to limited number of beneficiaries in the name of monthly pensions.
The Chief Minister also vowed to implement his promise of double-bedroom houses under the Housing for All scheme of the State government. He said like many other schemes, the Telangana government had set an example for entire nation by becoming the first State to build the houses entirely at government cost. Under the 2 BHK scheme, the government so far sanctioned 2,72,763 houses. “Along with construction of these houses, the government has decided to provide assistance to beneficiaries intending to construct houses in their own land. Selection of beneficiaries is being done in a very scientific and transparent manner,” he added.