Himachal Pradesh government has sanctioned social security pension to 10,369 additional beneficiaries and cleared their pending applications. With this, the total number of social security pension beneficiaries, entitled to monthly pension of Rs 500, has now increased to 2,92,921.
They include the elderly, widows and disabled pensioners, an official spokesman said here. The state government had enhanced the pension amount from Rs 450 to Rs 500 per month from April 1, 2013, and a budgetary provision of Rs 206.35 crore made during the current financial year.
He said the government has also decided to increase the pension of those above 80 years of age from Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 per month. Subsidy for construction of houses to houseless poor SC/ST and OBCs has also been raised from Rs 48,500 to Rs 75,000 from April 1 and a target of constructing 3,562 houses fixed during the current financial year.
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