Old-age pension hiked for those who cross 75
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 00:35
  
New Delhi: Old-age pensioners attaining age of 75 and above in the city will get monthly pension of Rs 1,500 instead of existing Rs 1,000.

Announcing the enhancement in monthly emoulments, Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia, however, said people in the age bracket of 60 and less than 75 will continue to get Rs 1,000 old-age pension monthly.

Delhi government currently pays old-age pension to around three lakh senior citizens in the city. To become eligible to get the pension, a senior citizen's annual income should not exceed Rs 60,000.

The decision to enhance the pension for people who have attained 75 years of age was decided at the first meeting of the recently constituted State Council for Senior Citizens.

Walia said government will soon constitute district senior citizens committees in all nine districts.

These committees will be headed by the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts and its members will include Deputy Commissioner of Police and a district welfare counsellor besides two nominated members from the senior citizens.

"The committees will oversee implementation of various welfare measures for the senior citizens," Walia said.

Walia, who was appointed chairperson of the state council, said it has decided to create about nine posts of district welfare counsellors and one post of chief coordinator in social welfare department to coordinate with district committees to implement various schemes meant for senior citizens.

She said that volunteers of National Service Scheme in the universities and colleges would be involved for extending help to senior citizens like taking them to hospitals when required.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 00:35


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