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Taking Care Of Our Senior Citizens
The government will initiate a universal and non-contributory old age pension system immediately. A minimum dignified amount indexed to inflation will be provided. Delays in disbursement and arbitrary decisions regarding pensions will be eliminated.
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CM @ArvindKejriwal inaugurates Shaheed Smiti Udyan and a senior citizen center.

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or old age pension, those between the age group of 60-69 years will get Rs 2,000 as pension now. Senior citizens above 70 years will now get Rs 2,500 as pension compared to Rs 1,500 earlier. Disability pension has been raised from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 while pension for widows and destitute women has been raised from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS : Old Age Assistance Scheme (Old Age Pension) OAP Disability Pension Age criteria 60-79 years 70 years & above 0-59 years No. of beneficiaries (as on Nov 30, 2016) 1,78,318 2,04,347 69,403 Quantum Rs. 1000/- p.m. & Rs. 1500/- p.m. (for SC/ST/ Minorities) Rs. 1500/- p.m. Rs.1500/- p.m. Last revision in quantum of assistance April 2008 October 2011 April 2012 Income criteria Rs. 60,000/- p.a. (family) Rs. 75,000/- p.a. (family) Residence criteria Min 5 years Min 5 years As can be seen from the table above, the last enhancement in quantum of assistance were done many years ago, whereas the cost of living has increased substantially in the intervening period. Increasing food prices, difficult to access medical care in government hospitals and prohibitively expensive private medical care and other items of personal needs necessary for the care of senior citizens and disabled persons are a severe drain on the family resources. Regarding enhancement of income limit to Rs. 1.00 lakh per annum, at present, the family income limit for availing the pension is set at Rs. 60,000/- and Rs. 75,000/- per annum for old age pension and disability pension respectively. This was last revised in 2008 for old age pension, whereas the incomes and the cost of living index have been significantly risen since then. This leads to many needy people being left out of availing the scheme on one hand and dealing with rising prices on the other. It is expected that approximately one lakh new applications will be received under Old Age Pension Scheme within ONE month, ie. January 2017, for whom pension will become due from February 2017. Accordingly, an additional expenditure of Rs 154 crore is expected to be incurred on five lakh OAP beneficaries @ Rs. 2,000/- to 60-69 yrs and Rs. 2,500/- to 70 yrs & above for the remaining four months of 2016-17. Hence, the revised budget estimate under Old Age Pension would be Rs. 765 crore. For the same rate of assistance, budget requirement for 2017-18 will be Rs. 1,431 crore For 5.30 lakh beneficiaries, which is the upper limit in no. of beneficiaries allowed in the scheme.

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DELHI GOVERNMENT MAKES PENSION SCHEME MORE SECURE Leakages blocked, Real Beneficiaries to get Relief Delhi Government is extremely sensitive towards the senior citizens of Delhi and their rights particularly their pensions. It has, however been noticed by the Department of Social Welfare that some people have been making false claims on pensions by producing inaccurate information about their Aadhar cards, residence proof, proof of income, etc. In some cases, people are drawing pension from the MCD as well as the Delhi government, which is clearly a crime. The Department is working tirelessly to help senior citizens in getting their due. It is identifying on a war footing those elements who are using incorrect information to claim pension. The Department has warned that if any information is found to be incorrect, the pension of the beneficiary will be cancelled and legal action will be taken. Going forward, the Department has urged the pensioners who may have submitted inaccurate documents to immediately contact the nearest pension office and submit the required genuine documents or the Aadhar number to stake claims to their pension.

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The government has attempted to streamline the process for disbursing old age pensions. The data of old age pension beneficiaries has been uploaded on NSAP and DBT portals. 40,000 names of false beneficiaries (due to duplication, death, non-existence or ineligibility) have been detected and deleted. The Delhi government has also worked to expedite the process of opening of 10 old age homes, projects which had remained stagnant for several years. The government has fast-tracked land acquisition and clearances for these. Out of these, work has been already awarded for construction of the Kanti Nagar old age home to PWD and construction is expected to start in early April 2016.

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