Enhancement of pension: OAPs, Widows, PwDs hail Govt decision

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Old Aged Persons (OAPs), Widows and Persons with Physical Disabilities (PwDs) have appreciated the State Government’s decision of enhancing their monthly pension to Rs 1000 from Rs 200.
The announcement in this regard was made by the Minister for Social Welfare, Sajad Gani Lone here on Wednesday. Lone thanked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for agreeing with the decision of the Social Welfare Department to enhance the pension.
The pensioners while hailing the Government decision said the enhancement of the monthly pension has addressed their long pending demand.
The beneficiaries said they have been raising the demand for enhancement of the pension for many years, however, it is only the present Government which has heard them, and the pension enhancement is a step towards fulfilling its promise of uplifting the disadvantaged sections of the society.
Pertinently, the State Government has announced that the enhanced pension will be paid to the beneficiaries with effect from April 2016.
Lone while announcing the enhancement said that the pension would directly be deposited into the respective bank accounts of beneficiaries. He said the move would not only save the time the money takes to reach the beneficiary, but would also nullify the chance of any kind of misappropriation.
He said the decision would benefit about 5.70 lakh beneficiaries of the State who are currently registered with the Social Welfare Department.
On the occasion the Minister said that the Social Welfare Department is the most important department which is connected directly with the common man and particularly dealing with the welfare of the people especially old age persons who deserve every sort of help and compassion from the government.

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