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Pension schemes for disabled people extended

PATNA, August 12: The Bihar cabinet today removed the income criteria for the disabled persons to be covered under the Bihar Special disability Social Security Pension Scheme and decided that persons having 40 per cent disability would be eligible to get monthly pension.

Principal secretary, cabinet and coordiantation department, Girish Shanker told reporters here that cabinet did away with the earlier system under which disabled persons having annual income of upto Rs 30,000 were entitled to get monthly pension of Rs 200.

Now anyone having 40 per cent disability would be entitled to the pension, Shanker said adding that about 25 lakh disabled people would be benefitted by the scheme.

The cabinet also decided to provide Rs 200 monthly pension to widows of the families having an annual income of upto Rs 60,000 under the Laxmibai Social Security pension scheme.

Earlier, widows of the BPL families were covered under the scheme. Widows of about three lakh families would get the benefit of the scheme, Shanker said.

The central government had announced these pension schemes for widows and physically disabled in the interim budget 2009–10. The Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme provides a pension of Rs 200 to widows in the age group of 40–64, while the Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme aims to provide pension to 'severely disabled persons'.

The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 37.26 crore to provide subsidy to the farmers to purchase power tillers and to strengthen the Bihar State Remote Sensing Application Centre, a sum of Rs 16.24 crore was sanctioned. A sum of Rs 74.66 crore was also sanctioned for the payment of salary to teaching and non teaching employees of Madarsas.

Source: http://jaibihar.com

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