Over 9,900 elders to get pension

Staff Reporter

50 per cent of amount is given by Central Government, says Collector

DINDIGUL: A total of 9,995 persons aged 65 years and living below poverty line in the district would get a monthly pension of Rs.400 under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

Launching the scheme at the Collectorate here on Monday to mark the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, she said that 50 per cent of pension amount was given by the Central Government and the rest by the State Government.

A total of 3,123 beneficiaries in Dindigul, 788 in Nilakottai, 614 in Natham, 1,390 in Palani, 1,822 in Oddanchatram, 1,607 in Vedasandur and 651 in Kodaikanal will be benefited.

A majority of beneficiaries are at villages and 1,370 beneficiaries in town panchayat areas and only 921 in municipal areas, she added.

On the first day, orders had been given to 100 beneficiaries.

Pension to others would be disbursed in their respective blocks, she added.

Already, old age pension had been disbursed to 11,788 persons in the district so far.

Several norms had been relaxed to cover more elder persons living below poverty line. Earlier, the pension amount was not given to beneficiaries having any earning member in his family.

This rule had been relaxed. Even the beneficiary had earning member, he would be eligible to get pension.

The beneficiaries would get pension till they died, she said.

Later, addressing a grievances day meeting, she ordered the officials to take immediate action against petitions received by her. She also disbursed welfare aid to beneficiaries under various schemes.

A sum of Rs.15,000 was given to two women under the special marriage assistance scheme and Rs.2.05 lakh to two farmers under the social security scheme to farmers and Rs.2,000 to 44 flood affected persons.

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