Nachhittar Kaur of Lohiankhas (monthly pension rs55), Sukhdev Singh of Libran village, tehsil Kahma, Ludhiana (monthly pension rs87), Laxmi Devi of Purhiran village in Hoshiarpur (rs94) and Sunita Tandon, Aryan Nagar, Hoshiarpur (rs 95), were a happy lot on Tuesday as their pension has been increased to rs 1,000 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
Almost 13,868 pensioners out of a total 24,044, getting pension from the regional provident fund office here, will now be getting pension of rs1,000 per month. Earlier, many were getting much less than `500. Across the state, more than 50,000 low-paid pensioners would take benefit of this scheme.
The enhanced pension scheme here was inaugurated by union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who presided over the 'EPS Pensioners Samman Samaroh' at Jalandhar held at NIT campus here.
The minister, while honouring the pensioners, stated that the interest of employees has always been dear to the Modi government. "The enhancement of pension amount and opening of bank account of everyone were the first few steps of the Modi government that would provide strength to the downtrodden sections of society. More such steps are in the pipeline," said the union minister.
She said that the move to increase the wage ceiling from rs6,500 to `15,000 will also result in an increase in the monthly pension benefits from rs 3,250 to rs 7,500 for many employees. She exhorted the employers present at the gathering to see that all employees get the social security coverage.
Dheeraj Gupta, Regional PF Commissioner, giving the report of the work done by the sub-regional office, informed that around 32,145 claims were settled by the office during the current year.
He also informed the gathering about the new initiatives that EPFO has taken like online transfer claim portal (OTCP), online registration of establishments (OLRE), member passbook (e-passbook), e-payment of benefits to beneficiaries and provision of universal accounts number (UAN).