Economically weaker people deprived of BPL cards will also be assimilated in this scheme
Provision made to encourage pension beneficiaries if they abet their families to join in education and health programmes
Monthly pension amount of Rs. 500 will be directly transferred to bank accounts of 40 lakh poor families
Chief Minister launches Samajwadi Pension Yojana
Beneficiaries given identity cards, Integrated Pension Portal also launched
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today launched the Samajwadi Pension Yojana and said that this was country’s first biggest and unique pension scheme based on financial resources of the State Government. Under this scheme, 40 lakh poor families will be given pension at the rate of Rs. 500 per month, which will be directly transferred into their bank accounts. On fulfilling certain conditions, every year the pension sum will be enhanced by Rs. 50 and to a maximum of Rs. 750 per month to beneficiaries. Through this pension scheme, Samajwadi Party has once again reiterated its commitment towards the poor, downtrodden and the deprived sections of the society. Almost two crore people will be benefited by the scheme. In this scheme, poor people who have not been included in BPL cards will also be assimilated and based on various suggestions, after increase in financial resources, the scheme will be expanded even further, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the Janeshwar Mishra Park here today on the occasion of launching of Samajwadi Pension Yojana. He gave identity cards to beneficiaries from Lucknow district and also inaugurated the Integrated Pension Portal. The Chief Minister said arrangements have also been made to encourage the beneficiaries under this scheme if they link their family members with education and health schemes. He also pointed out that through the Samajwadi Pension Yojana and other pension schemes almost one crore people were being benefited. He added that to ensure no graft takes place, an Integrated Pension Portal has been developed through which soft wares of the treasury, PFMS system and State Bank of India will directly transfer the pension amount in the CBS bank accounts of the beneficiaries. UP is the first state to do so. Due to this new system, possibility of failed transactions has been almost eliminated.
The Chief Minister also underlined that based on suggestions and complaints, necessary corrective measures would be adopted by establishing Samajwadi Control Room, if the need arises. He also added that the Samajwadi Governments, through various welfare schemes and projects, believe in fulfilling the promises made to the people of the state. He cited the examples of free laptop distribution, unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme as welfare oriented schemes undertaken by the State Government. A lot of work was also being done to improve power situation, roads and construct bridges in the state.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed over ID cards to 30 beneficiaries from different villages of Lucknow. These included specially abled Ms. Chabeela, Mr. Rajendra Kumar, Ms. Tarannum and Mr. Ram Kishore. Based on requirements, they were also given tri-cycles, callipers and hearing aids. Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha Mr Mata Prasad Pandey said socialists have also strived for well being of the poor and the downtrodden. Addressing the event, Urban Development Minister Mr. Mohammad Azam Khan said that to ensure proper implementation of the scheme, beneficiaries should be contacted directly.
PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav said this scheme has been initiated to ensure that the poor lived with honour. He expressed hope that the scheme will benefit the poorest of poor and the needy and usher in change in their lives. MP Mrs. Jaya Bachchan expressed happiness that women family heads have been given priority under the scheme. Social Welfare Minister Mr. Avdhesh Prasad gave detailed information of the scheme. Prior to this, details of the scheme were shared with the people by Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, who said that is was a scheme of socio-economic uplift.
A documentary prepared by the Information and Public Relations Department was also screened during the event. Also present at the function were Minister of State for Social Welfare Mr. Narendra Singh Verma, other Ministers of the State Government, Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Mr. Naveen Chandra Bajpai, MP Mrs. Dimple Yadav, Principal Secretary (Social Welfare) Mr. Sunil Kumar, other senior officials, beneficiaries from Lucknow and others.