Monday, September 5, 2016

Distribution of Welfare pension: Efforts, alertness needed, says Kodiyeri

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM General Secretary Kodyeri Balakrishnan has said a coordinated effort with alertness is required to make LDF’s pilot project of delivering social welfare pension including arrears and hiked amount at the homes of eligible person, before Onam.

“Social activists, local body representatives, officials in cooperative sectors should contribute towards making this endeavour a big success. The target is to handover pension to 32 lakh persons. They will be getting arrears of minimum 11 months. In some cases, arrears of more than one year will be given. Thus some may be getting up to Rs 25000. In total, Rs 3200 crore will be distributed as Welfare pension,” he said.    

Kodiyeri explained that the social welfare pension was being given not as a charity but as the right of the people. It would be distributed in transparent manner and without any political bias. “The cooperative banks have been entrusted with the job of delivering the pension at beneficiaries’ homes. In the State, 14 district cooperative banks will look after the pension distribution. Cooperative credit banks will deliver the pension at houses. Among them administrative committees in about 900 banks are led by the LDF, while 581 banks are under the UDF. There are also banks under BJP administration. Except one, all district cooperative banks are under UDF administration. From this, it becomes clear that the LDF is not politically biased in pension distribution,” he said.        

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