Telangana: Special drive for women's pension

Chief Secretary Singh asked officials to write to the bankers' committee to speed up the opening of bank accounts.

Hyderabad: The state government will launch a special drive in GHMC limits to identify beneficiaries for the single women pension scheme set to be launched on June 2 on the occasion of the third anniversary of Telangana state formation.

Announcing the scheme in the Assembly last month, Chief Minister K. Chandreasekhar Rao said it would be comparatively difficult to identify beneficiaries in GHMC limits than in rural areas.

“In rural areas we can easily identify beneficiaries by conducting gram sabhas or by asking neighbours. In cities it is not possible. People in cities don't recognise even their neighbours. For that reason a special drive is required in GHMC limits to identify beneficiaries,” Mr Rao said.

Chief Secretary S.P. Singh held a meeting on Friday with officials at the Secretariat to devise modalities for taking up the special drive.

GHMC commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy, panchayat raj commissioner Neetu Prasad, Hyderabad in-charge collector Prashanthi and Ranga Reddy collector Raghunandana Rao were among those present at the meeting. He asked the officials to launch a detailed campaign to ensure that all genuine beneficiaries got the benefit. Applications will be accepted from May 8 and special teams have been formed to verify applicants. “Applications would be accepted in 1,000 Mee Seva centres, 30 deputy municipal commissioner offices and 31 MRO offices in GHMC limits. Officials should form special teams for receiving applications, verification and selection of beneficiaries. GHMC and revenue departments have to coordinate,” Mr Singh said.

He asked GHMC commissioner and the collectors of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medchal and Sanga Reddy to ensure effective implementation of the scheme. Mr Singh asked officials to finalise the list of beneficiaries by May 29 so that pensions can be released on June 2. He directed officials to ensure all beneficiaries had bank accounts by May 29.

Mr Singh asked officials to write to the bankers’ committee to speed up the opening of bank accounts for beneficiaries by May 29, in case they have no accounts. He said the government will pay pensions to beneficiaries only through bank accounts.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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