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Telangana: Aasara Pension Scheme provides financial support to widows, elderly

With the launch of the Aasara Pension Scheme, the Telangana government has been able to help widows and the elderly financially in the state.

Kothur in Mahboobnagar district was the site of the launch of the Scheme on November 8, 2014.

Those receiving pensions under the scheme include the elderly, widows, people with elephantiasis, AIDS, physically disabled persons, beedi workers, and single women.

On March 7, 2022, the Telangana finance minister allocated Rs 11,728 crores for the Aasara Pension Scheme in the annual budget session for the fiscal year 2022-23.

Pensions for the elderly, widows, AIDS patients, handloom workers, and toddy tappers have been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 2,016 per month; pensions for differently-abled have been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 3,016 per month; pensions for single women, beedi workers, and filariasis patients would receive Rs 2,016 per month.

SM Haseen Golconda Tahsildar from the Hyderabad division said, “We receive 10 to 15 applications for pension per day. We also receive Shaadi Mubarak and Kalyana Lakshmi applications.”

“Since the Telangana government has come, it has increased the amount due to which more people are applying. We have 4,700 sanctioned pensioners in the Golconda Tahsildar division,” she said.

A beneficiary, Mohd Yousuf, thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for the scheme and said it helped him meet his daily expenses.

I have been receiving a pension from the government for the last three years, and I am grateful to the Chief Minister for this benefit. I use this pension to meet my daily expenses,” Yousuf said.

Jaya, a widow who has received a pension for the past seven years, thanked the Chief Minister as well.

“My husband passed away and I have three children. I am grateful to Chief Minister KCR for helping us,” she said.



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