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Government Is Liberal In Granting Pensions to Deserved:Rajya Lakshmi 

The Hindu

November 22, 2008




Women and Child Welfare Minister N Rajya Lakshmi has declared that the State government is liberal in granting pensions to aged persons, widows, handloom weavers and physically handicapped persons. 

She was speaking at a meeting of the Guntur District Development Review Committe which comprises MLAs, MLCs and MPs. 

She explained that to become a beneficiary of old age pension he or she should be 65 years or more. The age mentioned in the white ration card or the voters list would be considered as the age proof to get the old age pension. "A doctor's certificate also is a proof of age", she observed and added that eligible persons will be granted the old age pension. 

Speakers who included Dr R Srinivas and G Venkata Reddy remarked that through the government is magnanimous, the officers are not. 

District Collector B Venkatesam said that the affidavit of woman is sufficient for proof of her widowhood. 

There are 20,34,109 pensioners in Guntur district and their pensions cost the exchequer Rs 56.10 crore per year. Old age pension, weavers pension to those weavers who are 55 years and above and widow pension is Rs 200 per month. 

Minimum pension for physically handicapped is Rs 500 per month. The pension may up to Rs 700 per month depending upon the degree of disability. Only persons below poverty line are eligible to all these four types of pensions, the Minister explained.

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