Urdu poet’s monthly pension to be restored

Rajendra Gautam meets Asrar Jamayee

June 20, 2017 01:08 am | Updated 01:08 am IST - New Delhi

 The Social Welfare Minister met the 80-year-old poet at Batla House on Monday
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The Social Welfare Minister met the 80-year-old poet at Batla House on Monday >>SPecial Arrangemen

The pension of Urdu poet Asrar Jamayee, who was declared dead as per Delhi government records in 2013, will be restored, said Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Monday.

‘Dead’ as per records

Mr. Gautam visited the poet at his residence in Batla House after it was reported in the media that the Social Welfare Department had abruptly cut his pension four years ago. When he approached the department, the poet was told that he had been declared dead in records. Despite repeated attempts and visits to government offices, he had been unable to get the pension restored.

After meeting the 80-year-old, along with officials of the Social Welfare Department, the Minister said that he had ordered an inquiry into the case and restoration of the ₹1,500 per month pension.

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