Adilabad: Minister for Forests, Environment, Endowments, Housing and Law Allola Indrakaran Reddy said that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was making the country proud by introducing and implementing innovative welfare schemes and bringing a great respite to the elderly, differently-abled and single women in the State. He formally handed over proceedings of enhanced pensions to the eligible beneficiaries in Nirmal on Saturday.
Addressing a gathering here, the Minister asserted that K Chandrasekhar Rao had become the eldest son of the family of the State and fulfilled his poll promise of enhancing the pension amount to double. “Rao was moved by the plight of the elderly, differently-abled and single women in the State. He stood as a strong pillar to the poor families and weaker sections,” he underscored.
Extolling the Chief Minister, he said, “The Chief Minister conceptualized and introduced several schemes ever since he assumed the post. The credit of making the country proud by doing so goes to him. The schemes include Raithu Bandhu, Kalyana Laxmi Raithu Bheema, etc., are reaching out every household and helping the beneficiaries in many ways.”
The Minister stated that there were total 1,47,400 beneficiaries of Aasara pensions scheme in Nirmal district and the government would now spend Rs 31 crore as against Rs 15.36 crore released in the past indicating a manifold rise. Similarly, around 20,000 beneficiairies would be covered under the scheme with reducing upper age limit to 57 years from 60 years. The enhanced pension scheme is going to be a boon to the elderly, differently-abled and single women, handloomers and toddy tappers and beedi rolling workers who will financially empowered.
Earlier, Indrakaran Reddy along with ZP chairperson K Vijaya Laxmi and Collector M Prashanthi performed ‘palabhisekham’ to the portrait of the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, legislators Jogu Ramanna, Rathod Bapu Rao, Balka Suman, N Diwakar Rao, D Chinaiah, K Konappa, A Rekha Naik, Athram Sakku and G Vittal Reddy distributed the proceeding copies to the beneficiaries in their respective Assembly constituencies.