Hyderabad: Distribution of enhanced Aasara pensions commenced across the State on Saturday on a grand note. More than 39.09 lakh people will benefit from the State government’s decision, where beneficiaries will get enhanced pensions for the month of June from July onwards.
Ministers, legislators, Members of Parliament and other elected representatives participated in the distribution of pensions to beneficiaries in their respective constituencies. Beneficiaries as well as TRS leaders performed Ksheerabhishekam to the flexi posters and photographs of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at several locations in the State on the occasion.
Distributing the pensions in his Sircilla constituency on Saturday, TRS working president KT Rama Rao said the TRS government had fulfilled another electoral promise to bring smiles on the face of the poor. “Increasing the State revenues and distributing its benefits to the poor is the only agenda of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. He had not only kept his promises to people of the State but also implemented several innovative ideas for benefit of all sections in the State,” he added.
Further, Rama Rao stated that Telangana State was way ahead of its counterparts with 17 per cent growth rate. He pointed out that Telangana was the only State to extend social security pensions to beedi workers and had reduced provident fund cutoff date benefiting about two lakh beedi workers and making them eligble for pension. He announced that the reduced age limit for old age pension beneficiaries from 65 to 57 years will also come into force from July and the officials will disburse the pensions after examining the applications received.
On the occasion, the TRS working president cautioned people not to fall prey to middlemen and spend money for sanction of double bedroom houses which are nearing completion. He reiterated that the houses were being given free of cost to eligible persons to lead a dignified life. He said bout 1,500 double bedroom houses, which are nearing completion in Sircilla constituency, will be allocated to eligible persons shortly and in case of more aspirants, beneficiaries will be selected through lottery system. He also promised release funds towards arrears of Bathukamma sarees, interest-free loans to Self Help Groups and also Rs 5 lakh each to the poor seeking to construct house in their own land.
As per his electoral promise, the Chief Minister hiked social security pension for elderly persons, widows, beedi workers, toddy tappers, weavers, single women, filaria and AIDS patients from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,016 per month. The pension for differently abled was hiked from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,016 per month. An estimated Rs 12,000 crore will be required annually, for implementing the scheme where the State will spend Rs 11,800 crore and the Centre will provide Rs 200 crore.
Recently, the State Cabinet decided to pay the hiked pension amount for the month of June in July onwards. It directed all ministers, MLAs, MLCs, MPs and Zilla Parishad chairpersons to participate in the related programmes on July 20. The Cabinet directed the district Collectors to convene meetings in all Assembly segments for handing over the cheques to the beneficiaries. The State government is also depositing necessary amounts of money in banks which will be further deposited directly into the accounts of beneficiaries.