Rs.4473.78 crore disbursed to social security pensioners up till December 2019: Aruna Chaudhary



·       Cabinet Minister expresses gratitude towards Chief Minister for releasing Rs.170 crore more for social security pensions

 Chandigarh, January 16:Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary today said that the Social Security department has disbursed Rs.4473.78 crore to the various pension beneficiaries of the state up till December 2019.

Extending gratitude towards Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for releasing Rs.170 crores for disbursement of social security pensions up till December 2019, Mr. Chaudhary said that Rs.1040.02 crore has been disbursed to total 17.35 lakh beneficiaries, which comprises elderly, disabled, destitute women and widows and dependent children, in the year 2017-18, while Rs.1777.09 crore have been directly credited in the accounts of total 21.79 lakh beneficiaries in 2018-19. Apart from this, Rs.1656.67 crore has been provided as pension to total 23.94 lakh beneficiaries till December 2019.

She said that pension amount will be directly credited into the accounts of beneficiaries. “Social Security, Women and Child Development Department is providing pension to the tune of Rs.750 to all the elderly, disabled, destitute women and widows and dependent children beneficiaries of the state, while financial assistance of Rs.8,000 per month is being provided to acid attack victims”, she added.

Mrs. Chaudhary further mentioned that compensation to the tune of Rs.83 lakh has been provided to acid attack victims so far in accordance with the policy of the state government, under which Rs.3 lakh per victim are given.

She categorically said that instructions have been given to the district officials of the state for timely disbursement of pension amount directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries.