Punjab government has provided financial assistance to the tune of Rs 32.62 crore to more than 40,000 beneficiaries under various pension schemes including old age, widow and handicapped pension during the last 3 years in the district.
Deputy commissioner KS Sangha said that state government had provided the financial aid of Rs 11.10 crore to 40,868 beneficiaries in 2012-13, Rs 12.41 crore to 40,780 beneficiaries in 2013-14 and Rs 9.10 crore to 40,225 beneficiaries under various pension schemes.
Sangha said that Rs 1.92 crore was provided to 3,401 beneficiaries under the national old-age pension scheme during last three years. He said that under this scheme financial assistance of Rs 68.23 lakh was provided to 3,270 beneficiaries in 2012-2013, Rs 59.35 lakh to 3,282 beneficiaries in 2013-14 and Rs 65.7 lakh to 3,401 beneficiaries in 2014-15.
The DC said that social welfare department has also provided identity-cards to senior citizens and handicapped persons. Under this scheme 788 identity-cards were issued during the last 3 years. He said that 235 cards were issued in 2012-13, 214 cards in 2013-14 and 339 cards in 2014-15.