Rajasthan Govt transfers Rs 1005 cr to over 51L pensioners

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot addressing the pension beneficiaries during a programme in Jaipur on Tuesday.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot addressing the pension beneficiaries during a programme in Jaipur on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAIPUR, July 11: In order to extend a helping hand to the needy and elderly population, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today transferred over Rs 1005 crores to the bank accounts of nearly 51.21 lakh pensioners in the State.
The move has been largely hailed by the beneficiaries, who have received an increase pension amount of Rs 1000 per month for May-June, facilitated through Direct Benefit Transfer.
Addressing the beneficiaries during the State-level Social Security Pension Scheme Beneficiary Dialogue Programme, the Chief Minister said, “the Government of Rajasthan remains committed to its vision of providing social security and economic relief to its citizens, ensuring a dignified life for all.”
He announced plans to introduce an act regarding social security pension and employment guarantee in the upcoming session of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. This act, he said, will include a provision for a yearly 15 percent increase in the minimum pension amount per month.
Furthermore, Rajasthan is set to guarantee a minimum of 125 days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the Indira Gandhi Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Highlighting the significance of social security pension, Chief Minister Gehlot affirmed its pivotal role in the Rajasthan Government’s comprehensive social security model.
Gehlot commended the previous Government’s efforts in guaranteeing food security, information, employment, and education under the leadership of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, urging the current central Government to implement a uniform social security law throughout the country for the benefit of the needy.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also announced the distribution of smart phones to 40 lakh women, equipped with internet facilities for three years, starting July this year.
“This measure aims to directly connect the women with various public welfare schemes,” said the Chief Minister.
Additionally, the Chief Minister’s Free Annapurna Food Packet Scheme, entailing the distribution of ration packets, will commence shortly. These initiatives, coupled with all-round development in fields such as medical, education, and employment, will position Rajasthan as one of the leading states in the country by 2030.
The beneficiaries have lauded the Chief Minister for his tireless efforts in addressing their concerns.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Tikaram Jully and PHED Minister Dr Mahesh Joshi besides other Ministers also participated in the event.