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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM (IST)

230 await disability pension in K’shetra

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, April 20

As many as 230 persons having various disabilities in the district have been deprived of monthly pension since November owing to the apathy of the officials concerned.

According to sources, affected individuals with a humble background are unable to open bank accounts to avail of pension. A number of such people are mentally challenged, aged or facing other permanent disabilities that restrict their movement to get the official paperwork completed.

According to the state government’s policy, persons with 70 per cent and more physical disability are eligible for a monthly grant of Rs 1,600.

Officials say the district administration has a comprehensive data of those not being given pension. But no action has been initiated to ascertain the reasons for non-payment of pension.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Kumar Bedi, whose ministry frames and implements welfare programmes for physically challenged, hails from Kurukshetra.

The anomaly came to light today when 41-year-old Vijay Kumar from Bedi’s Shahabad Markanda constituency appeared before an official committee here to claim pension.

Sumedha Kataria, Deputy Commissioner, said the District Social Welfare Department and the Civil Surgeon had been directed to conduct a survey to identify more such cases in the district.

She said efforts would be made to provide pension arrears since November to all eligible persons.

“Pension to Vijay Kumar was approved at Thursday’s meeting. Officials have been directed to check the details of 230 identified persons and complete paperwork within 15 days,” said Kataria.

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