Pension for more beedi workers

Updated - March 28, 2017 12:36 am IST

Published - March 28, 2017 12:34 am IST - HYDERABAD

Beedi workers will be exempted from the rule of one pension per family being enforced by the Telangana Government. This rule was enforced after it enhanced the amount for the old, the differently-abled, and widows to ₹1,000 per month.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced this on the concluding day of the Telangana Legislative Assembly’s Budget session on Monday, during his reply after the debate on the Appropriation Bill.

The Government is giving pension to 3.7 lakh beedi workers and the same would be extended to 81,000 more workers with PF cards who had been denied the same earlier, owing to another pension in the family, Mr. Rao said.

The Chief Minister also announced sops for weavers from within the budget provisions, which include subsidies on yarn and chemicals, and 100% purchase of products by the Government. At least ₹15,000 per month will be ensured for handloom and powerloom workers, he said.

Telangana is country’s best in terms of welfare schemes, he asserted and claimed that the Government is “distributing wealth to the poor”. Reeling out various schemes including pension for single women, superfine rice distribution, loan waiver schemes, housing pattas for the poor, increase of salaries for contract employees, overseas scholarships, and residential schools and colleges for various categories, Mr.Chandrasekhar Rao said the Government had made a concrete beginning towards development of the State.

On the KG to PG free education, he said that the Government was taking gradual and balanced steps on the scheme.

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