Income limit for allotment of pension to elderly, physically challenged persons hiked

Terminally ill patients, including those undergoing dialysis, will be included in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.

Addressing the mass contact programme at Thekkinkadu Maidan here on Friday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said people from six categories, including renal patients, mentally challenged and autistic persons, and those under the Ashraya project, would be included in the BPL category.

“There has been confusion regarding allotment of APL and BPL cards. The existing norms prevent many eligible families from being included in the BPL category. Such anomalies will be cleared soon,” the Chief Minister said. He said the mass contact programme was a co-ordinated effort of the political leadership, the officials and the people.

The development projects initiated about 15 years ago do not suit the present. Laws and guidelines should be modified according to the changing times. Often officials were helpless due to the existing rules and regulations. Such rules should be changed, Mr. Chandy said.

He said the income limit for the allotment of pension to the elderly and physically challenged persons had been hiked.

Minister for Cooperation C.N. Balakrishnan, MPs P.C. Chacko and K.P. Dhanapalan, MLAs Therambil Ramakrishnan and T.N. Prathapan and District Collector M.S. Jaya participated in the programme.