IGNOAPS increased in DelhiOld-age pension up by Rs 500
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 17
The Delhi Cabinet has decided to hike the monthly pension of those citizens who are 70 or above. The pension has been increased by Rs 500 per month. The hiked pension will be released from October 1.
While talking to the media persons after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stated that her government is concerned about the hardships being faced by persons in the age group of 70 years and above. The government has been providing a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 per month to the citizens in the age group of 60 years and above, who have been residing in Delhi for five years and have an annual family income less than Rs 60,000.
Delhi has a distinction of disbursing the highest monthly income to the aged persons in the country. The pension is being sanctioned under the Old Age Financial Assistance Scheme of the Department of Social Welfare.
Dikshit added that the benefit of the hiked pension will reach to more than 1.60 citizens in the age group of 70 years and above. The city government will be releasing an additional budget allocation of Rs 34 crore to meet the enhanced liability. Presently, 3,61,987 beneficiaries are listed under the scheme.