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Cabinet nod for hike in pension

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State Cabinet Wednesday gave its approval to increase pension of various categories which results in additional expenditure of Rs 74 crore.

Briefing on Cabinet decisions here, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said pension was revised to various categories, including farmers, marginal farmers, widow/destitute, disabled, persons with more than 80 per cent disability, unwed women above 50 years, national old age pension, old age pension for those above 80 years, BPL patients undergoing dialysis, indigent artists, circus artists, milk farmers, indigent sport persons above 70 years of age, indigent sport persons above 60 years of age, coir, cashew, handloom, fishermen, reed, screw pine, tailors, beedi, cigars, barbers, coconut tree climbers and workers of other unorganised sectors.

“Others in BPL category above 60 years of age not receiving any other pension such as viswakarma, goldsmith, merchants, maisons would also get the benefit of the cabinet decision,” Chandy said.

Pension was also increased to journalists, non journalists, Khadi workers, TB patients, Leprosy patients and Cancer patients.

The assistance for marrying off the daughters of widows has been increased form Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. The monthly grant of the inmates of orphanages, disability residences and other such institutions has been raised from Rs 525 to Rs 700. Grant for students of blind, deaf and dump has been increased to Rs 900 from Rs 750.

The total commitment for the state is Rs 74.87 crores annually. Rs 37.61 crores have been allocated in the budget and the rest will be given through supplementary demand.

It has been decided to give old age/widow pension irrespective of APL/BPL category having annual income up to Rs 3 lakhs. It has also been decided to give pension to widows irrespective of their age.

UNI

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