Telangana becomes 1st Indian state to launch pension for single women
The Telangana government has become the first in the country to launch a pension scheme for single and divorced women.
Telangana government on 4 June 2017 launched the single-women pension scheme across the state.
Under the scheme, the state government would be giving a pension of about Rs 1000 per month to single women on humanitarian grounds. This scheme is the first such welfare scheme by any state in the country.
The pension sanction orders were handed over to the beneficiaries by Telangana Deputy Chief Ministers Kadiyam Srihari and Mohammad Mahmood Ali and other Ministers and MLAs constituency-wise at different functions organised across the state.
• Officials have identified 108302 beneficiaries in 31 districts.
• In the towns of Chinnakoduru and Nunganuru of Siddipet, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao handed over pension papers to 836 women.
• Similarly Transport Minister Mahendar Reddy launched the scheme at Medchal, Vikarabad, Keesara, Rajendranagar, Chevella, Parigi and Kodangal districts.
• The decision to extend pension to single women was taken following petitions on the plight of single women deserted by their husbands and relatives.
• While earlier, the government spent only ₹800 crore on pensions to 29 lakh beneficiaries, now it would be spending ₹5,600 Cr per annum and benefiting around 38 lakh people.
• Besides providing pension, the government also announced that the children of the single women would be admitted into all Telangana Residential Educational Institutions without having to write an examination or waiting for the lottery system.
• The beneficiaries would get the pension in their bank accounts every month.
Further, the state’s Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao would also be considering the appeal to bring married women separated from husbands within the ambit of the scheme.