The Himachal Pradesh government has increased the budget for the social security pension from Rs 436 crore in 2017 to Rs 1037 crore in 2021, an official said on Sunday.
The official said the government gives the highest priority to the upliftment of senior citizens, women and particularly skilled people in the state. Under the various initiatives of the state government for the welfare of this part of society, the government placed particular emphasis on expanding social security schemes.
Expenditure on social security pensions has been increased to Rs 1,037 crore in 2021, which was Rs 436 crore in 2017.
The state government lowered the age limit for the old-age pension scheme without any income limit from 80 years to 70 years. The age limit for using the national pension for women has also been lowered to 65 years. These decisions by the government have benefited several senior citizens of the state, he added.
He stated that the current state government has sanctioned 1,95,003 new applications under social security pension, providing economic and social security to the state population.
The state government has also increased the pension for people under the age of 60 to 69 from Rs 700 to Rs 850 per month, while the pension for senior citizens aged 70 or over has been increased from Rs 1250 to Rs 1500.
As many as three lakh seven thousand senior citizens aged 70 and over benefit from this scheme.
In addition, senior citizens, widows, single women, women in need, leprosy patients, the particularly disabled and transgender people have also been included under the Social Security Pension.
Currently, the government provided social security pension to 6.35 lakh people. About four lakh 15 thousand 993 senior citizens, one lakh 25 thousand 343 widows, single women, needy women, one thousand 482 leprosy patients and about 150 transgender people are covered by the social security scheme, the official added.