Aasara Pensions 

The government, as a part of its welfare measures and social safety net strategy, introduced the  “Aasara” pension, with a view to ensuring secured life with dignity for all the poor.

‘Aasara’ pension scheme is meant to protect the most vulnerable sections of society, in particular, the old and infirm; people with HIV-AIDS, widows, incapacitated weavers and toddy tappers, who have lost their means of livelihood with growing age, in order to support their day to day minimum needs to be required to lead a life of dignity and social security.

With a view to combat the ever-increasing cost of living and inflation, the Telangana Government introduced on 8th November,2014, a new Pension scheme called “Aasara” enhancing the monthly Pension from Rs.200/- to Rs.1000/-  for old age persons, widows, weavers, toddy tappers and AIDS patients and  Rs.500/- to Rs.1500/- for  disabled persons. The government also extended the financial assistance @ Rs. 1000/- per month to the poor Beedi worker under Aasara Scheme from the month of March 2015 onwards.

In the past, Rs.835.63 Crores per year was spent by the previous Government. Now the Telangana Govern¬ment is spending approximately Rs.4000.00 Crores per year for payment of pensions under the new Aasara Pensions Scheme. This is 478% increase over the past. 

The government of India under National Social Assistance Programme(NSAP)  is providing Rs.264.84 Crores per annum towards pensions. The Government of India scale of pension is Rs.200/- pm below (80) years and Rs.500/- pm for 80 and above years of age. For widows and disabled persons, it is  Rs.300/- pm with the Government of India funds  8.15 lakhs pensioners are covered under National Social Assistance Program-

Category wise pensions in the State

Sl. No.

Category of Pension

No. of Pensioners

1

Old Age (OAP)

13,70,476

2

Disabled

4,37,343

4

Widow

12,92,783

5

Weavers

33,128

6

Toddy Tappers

55,086

7

 HIV Patients

15,588

8

FA to Beedi Workers

3,51,350

 

Total

35,55,754

Human Development Inclusive Development of People with Disabilities 
Equal opportunities, protection of rights & complete participation through CBOs. The disability interven¬tions of IKP have enabled more than 4.1 lakh persons with disabilities in the rural areas to be organized and develop their own CBOs. 

The PwD (Persons with Disability) activities are implemented in 438 mandals through 436 Mandal Vikalan¬gula Samakhya (MVS) and 9 Zilla Vikalangula Samakhyas (ZVS), 198207 PwDs are organized into 18,796 ex¬clusive PwD SHGs in the State of Telangana. 

PwDs are given an assistance of Rs.18.32 crores through CIF, Rs.214 crores Bank Linkages, Rs.9.9 crores Stree Nidhi and Revolving Fund for enhancing their livelihood. 

Status report of Persons with Disability from inception to 17.12.2015

#

District

Total
 Assessed

Total Eligible

Loco

motor/OH

Visual

Hearing

Mental Retar dation

MentalI llness

Multiple Disability

Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

1

Adilabad

61,586

43,638

26,662

6,667

5,714

4,242

308

45

2

Hyderabad

32,623

29,730

19,857

2,708

2,480

4,528

151

6

3

Karimnagar

1,51,317

94,986

55,627

13,117

10,808

9,864

5,175

395

4

Khammam

66,999

50,686

31,320

5,021

4,790

8,855

566

134

5

Mahabubnagar

1,17,537

75,587

49,076

8,879

4,473

8,664

4,279

216

6

Medak

63,239

37,594

23,715

4,122

1,833

5,844

2,072

8

7

Nalgonda

1,13,785

74,293

47,157

8,031

5,052

7,192

6,351

510

8

Nizamabad

70,696

49,712

31,977

7,086

4,419

4,108

2,105

17

9

Ranga Reddy

87,030

67,561

46,547

7,527

6,085

6,934

405

63

10

Warangal

99,681

67,792

42,165

10,167

5,323

7,813

1,858

466

Total

8,64,493

5,91,579

3,74,103

73,325

50,977

68,044

23,270

1,860

Community Managed Health & Nutrition 

Around 1800 Nutrition cum Day Care Centres (NDCCs) had been established to provide three nutritious meals and health education to pregnant and lactating women

Gender Advocacy

As part of Social and Human development on Gender initiative, 250 Mandal Level Social Action Committees are formed and 250 Community Managed Family Counseling Centres (CMFCCs) are functioning to reduce violence and injustice to address the following social issues which plague the State of Telangana.

•    Crimes against women (rape, sexual harassment, eve teasing, acid attacks) 
•    Domestic violence 
•    Dowry harassment 
•    Female Foeticide/Infanticide (leading to low sex ratio) 
•    Child Labour 
•    Child Marriage 
•    Alcoholism (amongst men leading to increasing in crimes  against women) 
•    SC/ST atrocity cases 
•    Jogini/Basivini/Matangi Systems 
•    Trafficking 
•    Witch hunt (Violence against women purported to be practising black magic) 

Till now 40,000 women have got counselling support through these CMFCCs. Social Action Committees are also playing a significant role in the prevention of Child Marriages.  

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department is the nodal agency in the State for providing drinking water and sanitation facilities in rural areas. The drinking water facilities are being provided by various types of schemes such as bore wells with hand pumps, Protected Water Supply  Schemes , Community Protected Water Supply  Schemes  etc.,   

The Government is determined to solve the drinking water problem in rural areas with following 

Objectives

•    Delivery of adequate, safe and potable drinking water to all rural people.
•    Safe water to fluoride, brackish and other polluted habitations.
•    Up gradation of all habitations to fully covered status.
•    Special focus on sustainability of sources/schemes.
•    Proper sanitation facilities to all habitations. 

Various State and Central Government programmes such as National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Thirteenth Finance Commission (TFC), Swacch Bharat Mission(Gramin)(SBM(G)) and other external agencies provide the funds for implementing schemes/works for providing drinking water facilities and sanitation facilities to the habitations. Funds are also being tapped in the form of loans from NABARD, HUDCO, and World Bank.

Water supply infrastructure

There are 1,58,552 hand pumps, 25,100 PWS Schemes, and 160 CPWS Schemes are existing as on 30.11.2015.  The district-wise details are as follows:

S. NO

District

CPWS

PWS/
MPWS

HAND PUMPS

1

Mahaboobnagar

16

3562

15560

2

Rangareddy

9

1354

10480

3

Medak

28

3323

17040

4

Nizamabad

17

5028

12020

5

Adilabad

13

2646

23517

6

Karimnagar

16

2064

20880

7

Warangal

11

2186

18241

8

Khammam

24

2000

19975

9

Nalgonda

26

2937

20839

Total

        160

     25100

      158552

Ongoing programmes and achievements during 2015-16 
4089 works are ongoing with a cost of Rs.39470.10 crore to cover 24,802 habitations under various grants such as NRDWP, NABARD, World Bank, 14th Finance Commission Grants etc. For the year 2015-16, 2106 habitations are targeted for cover.

Out of which, 1361 habitations are targeted for coverage during 2015-16. An expenditure of Rs.741.61 Crores is spent up to November 2015 and 1361 habitations are covered i.e., 1139 partially  covered habitations and 122 quality affected habitations.

G.Rajendera Kumar