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1,291 to receive pension under new scheme

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Collector administers national integration pledge to Government staff

NAGAPATTINAM: Collector Tenkasi S. Jawahar on Monday administered national integration pledge to Government employees at the Collectorate to mark the birth anniversary of the late former prime minister Indira Gandhi and inaugurated National Integration Week celebrations.

The Collector distributed pension to people aged 65 years and above under the new Indira Gandhi National Pension Scheme launched on Monday.

He said that 7,588 people were getting old age pension in the district and 1,291 beneficiaries had so far been identified to receive a pension of Rs.400 per month under the scheme.

Mr Jawahar pointed out that all eligible persons under the pension scheme would be identified and provided pension at the earliest.

Blood donation camp

Earlier, the Collector inaugurated the blood donation camp at the Government headquarters hospital here to mark the national voluntary blood donation day.

He said that 45 persons, including 40 college students and five voluntary organisation members, donated blood at the camp.

He said that the blood donation camp would also be conducted at Vedaranyam Government hospital on November 26, Government hospital at Sikkal on December 3 and AVC College in Mayiladuturai on December 10.

Karaikal district

National integration week was celebrated at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry on Monday.

Dr.N. Vasanthakumar, Karaikal Collector, who inaugurated the celebrations, administered national integration pledge to Government employees at the Collectorate.

Perambalur

Collector Anil Meshram today administered the National Integration Day pledge on employees of all departments to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Monday.

A week-long celebration would be held, a statement said. Another statement said the Collector handed over a cheque for Rs.10,000 to the family members of 16-year-old Raja who died in a road accident near Duraimangalam last year.

The victim’s father Ganesan received the cheque.

Pudukottai

Collector T. Uthirakumaran on Monday launched the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) to coincide with the birth anniversary celebrations of the late Prime Minister.

Elders above 65 years in the Below Poverty Line list maintained by the District Rural Development Agency would be covered under the scheme that provides for Rs. 400 a month for each.

In the first phase, 5,023 beneficiaries have been identified.

The 7,626 beneficiaries currently under the national Old Age Pension Scheme would be brought under the new scheme, the Collector said.

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