Mancherial: Beneficiaries of Aasara pensions made a beeline to post offices and banks for withdrawing the enhanced monetary support in several parts of the district on Tuesday. They expressed gratitude to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for doubling the aid.
Senior citizens, single women and differently-abled persons visited nearby post offices and bank branches for collecting the financial support which was doubled recently. Sporting smiles, they flaunted the enhanced pension to their relatives and friends.
Mothe Kala and Adluri Pochamma, beneficiaries from Uthkur village in Luxettipet mandal said they were now financially empowered with the help of the scheme. They thanked Rao for enhancing pensions thus doubling their joy. The beneficiaries said that they could extend financial help to their children from the savings if required.
In the meantime, Mancherial MLA N Diwakar Rao handed over copies of proceedings of enhanced pension amount to beneficiaries in Dandepalli and Luxettipet mandal centres. He hailed the Chief Minister for raising the monetary support to the beneficiaries and added that Rao was implementing many welfare schemes that stood out in the country.
Over 4.13 lakh beneficiaries in Nalgonda
Pensioners made a beeline to the post offices across the district to receive the hiked pensions. The old aged, disabled and widow pensioners expressed happiness after receiving the hiked pension for the first time. They also thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for hiking their pensions. Pensioners thronged post offices in the old city and Ramagiri in Nalgonda district to receive the amount. The hike would benefit 4.13 lakh people including 1.43 old aged pensioners, 1.62 lakh widows, 63,196 disabled persons and 16,219 single women in erstwhile Nalgonda district. The State government would pay additional amount of Rs 45.43 crore in erstwhile Nalgonda district alone.
A widow Peddi Mallamma said the hike would help her to lead a better life and thanked the Chief Minister for showing special interest on welfare of needy people.
Huge source of support
Aasara pension beneficiaries thronged post offices in large numbers to receive enhanced pensions. The enhanced pension disbursal would cost the exchequer Rs 60 crore a month in the district as against Rs 27 crore earlier, before effecting the hike. The beneficiaries
thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for increasing the pensions.
Mohd Hussein, a pensioner from Nizamabad said getting Rs 2,016 was a big source of support to his family. Rahmath Unnisa Begum, a widow, also thanked the Chief Minister. Reshma another pensioner said they could live with self-respect not having to depend on their family members. Gangavva from Sirpur village said it would help fulfill their day to day needs.
According to increased pensions, beedi workers, people in their old age, single women, toddy tappers, weavers, people affected with filariasis, HIV victims would get Rs 2,016 as pensions as against Rs 1,000 earlier. Disabled persons would get Rs 3,016 from the Rs 1,500 earlier.