Hyderabad: The Single Women Pension Scheme, the brainchild of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to help single women with a monthly assistance of Rs 1,000, was launched across the State on Sunday.
Launching the scheme in Hyderabad, Animal Husbandry Ministry Talasani Srinivas Yadav said that the dream of ‘Bangaru Telangana’ should be measured in terms of people’s happiness quotient and not by gold ornaments or worldly possessions. “People in the State are the happiest lot as the Chief Minister has been reaching out to all sections of society that were in need of support,” he said.
Stating that nobody had sought such a pension, the Minister said the scheme can be extended to any number of beneficiaries who fulfill the basic criteria.
In Karimnagar, Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender, who launched the scheme in the district, said while the earlier governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh had allocated only Rs 800 crore for pensions, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government had allocated Rs 5,600 crore for it. The Minister said single women in the State would also be given priority in job recruitment.
Minister for Power and SC Development G Jagdish Reddy, handing over the cheques to single women at a function in Bhongir, said safety, security and empowerment of women were priority areas for the State government.
“Governments earlier in undivided AP used to make bombastic statements about welfare and safety of women, but Chandrashekhar Rao set up a committee comprising women leaders and officials to find a solution to problems faced by women in Telangana State,” he said, adding that the government held regular discussions with the committee and was taking decisions to ensure safety and welfare of women based on inputs.
The Single Women Pension Scheme is a continuous process and any number of beneficiaries who meet the requirements can avail it any time, the Minister said.
Better living standard
Endowments and Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy, who launched the scheme in Nirmal, said the pension would help in improving the living standards of single women in the State. “The TRS government has been implementing a slew of welfare schemes aimed ever since it came to power to better the standards of the poor,” he said.
In Adilabad, Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna said the government was coming to the rescue of women who were leading pathetic lives after being deserted by their husbands. The minister said 2,140 women had applied for the pension in Nirmal district and of them, 1,602 would be given financial aid for April and May.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy launched the scheme in Siddipet and Nizamabad districts, respectively.