In elections, the public expect free doles, but the situation in the state is different as people are not even getting benefits of certain social welfare schemes.
Claims of the state government of issuing pensions to disabled, widows and old age persons have fallen flat as more than 1.34 lakh pensioners in the district have not been given pensions for the past four months.
The failure of the state government to disburse pension in the election season is an indicator of the dismal financial condition of the state finances as the treasury fails to clear the pension bills from December onwards on March 31, the last day of fiscal 2013-14.
The delay in releasing the payments, a meagre pension of `250 per month has put beneficiaries to an inconvenience.
As per available information, the state government has failed to release pensions after December last year.
Affected beneficiaries and sarpanches of respective villages have been making rounds of department concerned but to no avail.
In Patiala district, there are 21,322 widow pension beneficiaries, 8,669 financial assistance dependent children (FADC) and 95,474 old age pensioners while around 10,266 handicapped persons are dependent on this monthly pension.
One of the village sarpanch said: “We have received the pensions for December month. However, the situation is even worse in many of the villages where the pensioners have been waiting for their money for the past seven months.”
Patiala district social welfare officer Satish Kumar said due to non-payment from the treasury, pensions were not sanctioned in Patiala district but the situation was same across different districts in the state.He said that he had already written to the finance department to release the pensions for the last quarter.