In a major relief to elderly people in the capital, Delhi government on Monday decided to provide old age pension to one lakh additional senior citizens.
Of the total amount of Rs 476.5 crore allocated to the social welfare sector in the Delhi Budget 2010-11, Rs 420 crore is proposed for old age pension as against last year's Rs 310 crore.
At present, old age pension of Rs 1,000 per month is given to 2.5 lakh senior citizens. Walia said that about 3,950 persons have benefited under the government's plan to provide free aids and appliances to persons with disabilities.
“Government is committed to provide social security to senior citizens and other vulnerable groups of the society. We have decided to provide old age pension to one lakh more senior citizens next year,” Finance Minister AK Walia said presenting the Budget for 2010-11.
Government has decided to have more camp-based programmes all over Delhi and provide free aids and appliances to the disabled. Nine Tribunals under Senior Citizens Maintenance Act has been set up for timely disposal of grievances of senior citizens.
The Finance Minister accepted that the Asha Kiran Home, which houses mentally challenged people, is facing problems of overcrowding and shortage of staff.
“We have started recruitment of specialist doctors, nurses, ayas and safai karmacharis. A special ward is being created in Ambedkar hospital for exclusive treatment of patients from Asha Kiran. A team of doctors from the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) would periodically examine the inmates and maintain individual medical records,” he said.
Walia also said that the government in partnership with NGOs will open and run new homes for mentally challenged people.