Hyderabad: The Minister of Telangana will provide old-age pensions to people over the age of 57 from August, Prime Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced on Sunday.
In remarks after inaugurating various development works in the Rajanna Sircilla district, he said that the decision to lower the age limit for old-age pensions from 65 years to 57 years will be implemented from next month.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has promised to lower the allowable age limit in the 2018 elections. After retaining power, the state cabinet approved the proposal in July 2019.
According to the election promise, the monthly pension for different categories of beneficiaries was also increased from R 1000 to R 2,016.
However, the decision to lower the old-age pension limit could not be implemented for several reasons.
KCR, as the prime minister is commonly known, also announced on Sunday that the government intends to launch a life insurance scheme for the weavers who offer insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh in case of an accident.
The TRS chief recalled that before the establishment of the state of Telangana, some people expressed doubt whether Telangana could achieve anything, but it proved that anything can be achieved if there is integrity and purity of purpose and speech.
He said his government had set clear targets and ensured that the targets were met. He said no one could stop the journey he had undertaken to develop the Telangana state and set it as an example to others.
According to KCR, the state has made tremendous progress in various sectors over the past six years. He claims that miracles have been achieved in the agricultural sector. He said that farmers who had moved from villages in the past because they were unable to farm, had returned due to the changed situation. He said 92 lakh tons of paddy produced in Telangana were sold to the Food Corporation of India.
The prime minister said under the Kakatiya mission, revival and repair of water tanks across the state has been taken up and consequently the lakes are full of water today. He said Telangana had proven his ability from Mission Kakatiya to Kaleshwaram project.
He said some people used false propaganda for political mileage, while others were pessimistic, but the government ignored them to complete the projects.
According to KCR, a sheep education program was included at a cost of R, 000 000 million. In the first phase, sheep were distributed among beneficiaries by spending 4,000 million. The second phase will be launched soon.
He said his government would spend 45,000 million euros on empowering the Dalits in the state over the next five years under the prime minister’s Dalit empowerment scheme. ‘We have raised the Godavari River to 500 meters to irrigate our lands. Can’t we lift up the Dalits? He asks.
The prime minister, who inaugurated a new building of the nursing college in the district, announced an improved allowance for nursing students. First-year students will receive Rs 5,000, second-year students Rs,000 and third-year students will receive Rs 7,000. He also secured a government college and a government college for the Rajanna Sircilla district next year.
He also inaugurated the first Institute of Management Training and Research (IDTR), the Double Room Dignity Project in Mandepalli, a modern agricultural market yard in the town of Sardapur, and the Integrated District Collectorate Complex.
Source: The Siasat Daily