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Tribune News Service

Muktsar, February 4

The state government’s move to release Rs 128 crore for the enhanced
pension amount — from Rs 500 to Rs 750 per month — for old-age people,
widows, destitute
children and disabled persons is likely to backfire.Reason: It
released the pension amount for December 2017 without clearing the
pending bills of the
past seven months i.e. May to November.Sources in the Social Welfare
Department said the delay in releasing the pension amount of past
seven months would
increase the confusion.“Now, the beneficiaries will throng our offices
to know the status of the pension of past seven months. We are unaware
of the reason
behind not releasing the pension money of these months. Earlier, the
pension of April 2017 was disbursed in mid-December. Now, January is
also over but
the pension amount released is of December. It is surprising to us,”
said sources in the department.The Congress after coming to power in
the state had
increased the pension amount from Rs 500 to Rs 750 per month from July
onwards for all the welfare schemes run by the Social Welfare
Department.Speaking
over the phone, Kavita Singh, Director, Social Welfare Department,
said, “We had sent the pending pension bills too to the Finance
Department. It, however,
released the money for December. Thus, the Finance Department’s
officers can only comment on it.”Asked whether it will increase the
confusion among the
beneficiaries, she preferred not to give any reply.Meanwhile, sources
in the department said that they have now been asked to send the bills
of November
as well.“If the state government is facing a financial crunch, then
too it should have first disbursed the pension of the pending 3-4
months. It is a wrong
move to first disburse the pension of December. When the
beneficiaries, mostly illiterates, will come to know through the banks
that the money of December
has come into their accounts, they will raise a number of queries to
us,” they claimed.
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Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU



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