Rs 200-500 pension for widows, elderly upsets House panel

A parliamentary panel in its file tabled in Parliament at the same time as highlighting the meagre quantity of pension starting from Rs 2 hundred to Rs 500 for elderly, widows and people with incapacity below the National Social Assistance Programme says that this is “now no longer ideal at all.”

The panel has encouraged to the ministry of rural improvement to make a sparkling inspiration to the Cabinet and “utilise their convincing abilities” to urgently push for growing the pension quantity.

There are over 3 crore beneficiaries from the under poverty line (BPL) class protected with the aid of using numerous additives of NSAP. While the pensions below this scheme stay unchanged in spite of repeated needs for an increase, nation top-ups too range broadly starting from everywhere among as low as Rs 50 to Rs 3,2 hundred in step with month.

The 31-member branch associated status committee on rural improvement and panchayati raj in its file at the needs for presents 2023-24 referring to the branch of rural improvement observes that “it's far past comprehension as to how can such low help offer any type of remedy to beneficiaries who belong to extraordinarily marginalised and economically distressed segment of the society.”

The Committee chaired with the aid of using Kanimozhi Karunanidhi in its file observes that the meagre help quantity has been a purpose of situation to the Committee for an extended length of time. “The Committee discover this abysmally low quantity, whilst the price of residing has multiplied substantially, now no longer ideal at all,” it's far stated.

National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) is a 100% centrally backed scheme. The additives of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme variety from a trifling Rs 2 hundred to Rs 500 in step with month for eligible beneficiaries. Besides this NSAP additionally consists of the National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) in which Rs 20,000 is furnished to the survivor head of BPL households at the dying of number one breadwinner elderly 18-fifty nine years. Under Annapurna scheme 10 kg of meals grains are furnished in step with month to BPL senior residents now no longer receiving vintage age pension. NFBS and Annapurna are demand-primarily based totally schemes.

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