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22,800 eligible for old age pensions

22,800 eligible for old age pensions
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As the state government has brought down the age limit to avail of old age pensions, there has been a steep rise in the number of beneficiaries in the district Keeping the promise that he made during the campaign trail during the Assembly elections, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao decreased the age limit from 65 to 58 years

Sangareddy: As the state government has brought down the age limit to avail of old age pensions, there has been a steep rise in the number of beneficiaries in the district. Keeping the promise that he made during the campaign trail during the Assembly elections, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao decreased the age limit from 65 to 58 years. District officials have prepared the new list of beneficiaries in the district and nearly 22, 800 new beneficiaries would be eligible under the new pension scheme in the district.

The new pension scheme would come into force from the month of April. District Panchayat officer Venkateshwarlu said that new beneficiaries along with the old beneficiaries, would be eligible for receiving from April. As per the new pension scheme, handicapped people would get Rs 3,000 instead of Rs 1,500 while beedi workers, old people and widows would get Rs 2,000 instead of Rs 1,000. It is learned that the government has to bear an additional burden of Rs 20 crore for the new pension scheme. Every month, the government has to spend Rs 35 crores for the pensions.

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