ADC kickstarts distribution of enhanced pensions by on-spot handing over cheques to 21 beneficiaries
Says, increased pension would further ensure welfare of underprivileged sections of the society
Event simultaneously held at 22 locations in district
JALANDHAR: A total of 174169 beneficiaries would receive the benefit of enhanced pension in Jalandhar as Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday kick-started distribution of doubled financial assistance under the social security scheme in the state during a virtual launch event.
Participating in the event, Additional Deputy Commissioner Amarjit Bains said that the state government has doubled the monthly pension amount from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1500 which would further aid in the welfare of about 1.74 lakh beneficiaries enrolled for the benefit as old-age, widow, destitute children and specially-abled in the district.
Of these, a total of 116154 old-age persons, 40791 widows, 6846 dependent children, and 10387 specially-abled beneficiaries are enrolled with the social security department for financial assistance. The ADC said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led state government has taken this landmark decision to ensure holistic development of weaker and underprivileged sections of the society. He added that the increased pension would go a long way to empower the beneficiaries further.
The ADC launched the distribution of doubled pension in the district by on-the-spot handing over pension cheques to 21 beneficiaries during the event. He said that the objective of the enhancing amount was to empower all the beneficiaries as they are also an integral part of society. The event was held simultaneously at 22 locations across the district where people’s representatives started distribution of doubled pension benefits worth Rs. 50.97 lakh to as many as 3340 beneficiaries.
Speaking on the occasion, pension beneficiary Kanta Devi said that this historic decision of Captain Government would further empower her by enabling her to meet the ends. “The state government has always stood by weaker sections of the society, especially amid the trying times of Covid-19 pandemic and this decision further reflects upon its commitment to ensuring all round development of the underprivileged”, she added. Another beneficiary Des Raj enrolled under the old age pension scheme said that Rs. 1500 per month means a lot to him as it would aid in arranging daily needs and ultimately alleviate distress.
Pointing out further, District Social Security Officer Varinder Arora said that a total of 4294 new beneficiaries have been enrolled by the department in the month of July taking total registered beneficiaries from 169875 in June 2021 to 174169 in July 2021. He also said that these 1.74 lakh beneficiaries would receive a whopping amount of Rs 166032500 as pensions for July, which would be transferred in their bank accounts within 24 hours. He added that the distribution event was telecasted at 297 locations in the district with 55 such locations were connected through webinar. Prominent among present on the occasion included SDM Harpreet Atwal, SDM Dr. Balraj Raj Singh and others.