Pension scheme for SHG women
Legislation to be introduced in Assembly next week
Scheme to cover 1.25 crore thrift group members
Member can draw Rs. 500 per month at 60 yrs of age
Legislation providing for a contributory pension scheme for self-help group members in the State will be introduced in the Assembly next week and passed in the budget session itself.
This was announced by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy after launching ‘Abhaya Hastham’ (hand of re-assurance) pension and insurance scheme for the 1.25 crore thrift group members at Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University at Rajendranagar here on Friday.
The scheme will provide old age income security for SHG women, who cross the retirement age. Every member, who attains 60 years, will get an assured minimum monthly pension of Rs. 500.
Assurance to women
The launching of the programme resembled an election campaign, with the Chief Minister assuring the women that the Congress government alone was committed to their uplift. “It was exactly two months ago at this same ground that I had made a mention of the pension scheme. Today, at the same place the pension scheme has been launched,” he pointed out.
Rural Development Minister G. Chinna Reddy said: “The government has given you a reassuring hand and it is now your turn to reciprocate the same in the general elections so that the path-breaking programmes continue for your benefit.”
Congress MP from Rajahmundry V. Arun Kumar said the SHG members, who are indebted to the government, should press the button in favour of ‘Abhaya Hastham’, which is also the Congress symbol, when the polls were held.
Dr. Reddy presented the first cheque of Rs. 500 pension to Ameer Bee of Mahabubnagar to mark the launch of the scheme. Another cheque of Rs. 100 crore was handed over to the Regional Manager of Life Insurance Corporation, Ramesh, as the State’s contribution for the insurance scheme.
Mines and Geology Minister P.Sabitha Reddy, Principal Secretary (Rural Development) K. Raju and other officials were present.
YSR’s assurance to APSRTC union
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday assured the APSRTC Employees’ Union that the government would ‘definitely’ take up regularisation of service of the contract employees, on the lines of the casual staff. He was responding to a representation submitted by a delegation of the union headed by Chada Venkata Reddy, CPI floor leader in the Assembly.
YSR may tour Kadapa district on Feb. 15
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is likely to tour Kadapa district around February 15, Collector M.T. Krishna Babu has said.
Addressing a review meeting on developmental works in Pulivendula constituency, the Collector directed officials to complete all ongoing developmental works in the constituency by March end. Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi Superintending Engineer Easwara Reddy told the Collector that gates of Gandikota reservoir would be put up by April 15.
The Collector reviewed the progress of works in Pulivendula Municipality, water supply through summer storage tanks, underground drainage and micro-irrigation pilot project.
Assuring clearance of bills to works done so far, he directed expeditious completion of micro-irrigation project works.
Forty Congress corporators of Kadapa Municipal Corporation called on Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at Hyderabad on Friday and demanded that Kadapa Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy be given the Congress party ticket to contest from the Kadapa Assembly seat.