BJP hikes up old age pension in South Delhi to attract voters
PUBLISHED: 16:09 EST, 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:13 EST, 15 July 201
In a bid to attract voters for the upcoming assembly elections in the Capital, the BJP-governed South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday decided not only to increase the number of elderly pensioners but also announced a hike in the pension given to them.
The proposal provides for adding 50 more pensioners in each of the 104 wards of South Delhi taking the number of elderly pensioners in every ward to 750.
The sum of the pension will also be raised from Rs 800 to Rs 1,000.
While the decision may add some votes to the BJP's bag, senior SDMC officials said the move will put an additional burden of around eight crore pushing the budget separated under the elderly pension scheme to Rs 94 crore.
Trying to do everything it possibly can, the SDMC also said that it will try to pursue the Delhi government to get legal status for all the buildings constructed illegally till June 30 this year in the unauthorised colonies that the corporation had recently regularised.
The SDMC also declared measures to control the menace of illegal mobile towers that are a big problem in the posh colonies of South Delhi.
SDMC mayor Sarita Chaudhary, directed the corporation commissioner to compile and submit a detailed report on illegal mobile towers installed in South Delhi, and take action against those who've constructed the towers
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