Govt. monitors the evolution of the economic profile of recipients of the old-age pension
The authorities are closely monitoring the evolution of the economic profile of beneficiaries of social security pension schemes.
If any of the recipients takes out a loan of a few hundred thousand rupees from a bank or financial institution, the officials in charge of implementing the social security pension schemes receive alerts from the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA), as the beneficiary database is integrated with that of Aadhaar Department Permanent Account Numbers (PANs) and Income Tax.
“It is not because we receive the TNeGA alert that we automatically delete the names of the beneficiaries from the list. Our staff does their verification and determines the circumstances under which the loan is obtained. Only then will we judge the economic situation of the beneficiaries,” a senior official said, adding that the aim is that no eligible person will be excluded from the scheme or removed from the scheme. If a fixed asset is acquired, its value should not exceed ₹1 lakh. No beneficiary is deemed ineligible solely because they live with their son or daughter. “We strive to verify the economic solidity of the son or daughter who supports us. In the event that the son or daughter is below the poverty line, we do not interfere with the payment of the social security pension. But, if he is found to be economically healthy, the respective tax official orders him to pay maintenance allowance to the parent under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Persons Act. (MWPSC),” explains the manager. . As per the law, the maximum amount has been set at ₹10,000 per month.
In addition, if a beneficiary is covered by another government social protection scheme and receives monthly financial assistance, in addition to the social security pension, the authorities will inform the person that he or she is entitled to government assistance. under one plan. . For example, until recently about 800 Social Security pension recipients also received a Construction Workers Welfare Board pension. They have since been removed from the Social Security pension plan.
Following several steps, including the continuous updating and review of the beneficiary database, all of which are covered by the data purity project, the number of beneficiaries, which stood at 34 52 758 as of March 31 this year, fell to 34,26,175. “The total number continues to fluctuate. It’s dynamic, ”explains the manager, recalling that ” due diligence ” is exercised before acting against any ineligible person. From now on, ₹1,000 is paid every month to each beneficiary.
At the same time, the government is examining various contributions received in response to its draft policy on senior citizens, which raised the concept of paying a differentiated pension system according to age group (60-70, 70-80 years, 80+ years) of the elderly. The highest pension is granted to people over 80 years of age. “More than 200 suggestions were received and they were forwarded to the secretaries of many departments, who gave their response. It was planned to have a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary [V. Irai Anbu] before the publication of the final document,” another official explained.
Referring to media reports regarding the social security pension, AIADMK coordinator O. Panneerselvam said in a statement that doubts had arisen as to whether the DMK government was removing existing beneficiaries instead of adding them. add new ones. Despite having completed a year in office, the regime has yet to deliver on an election promise to increase the old age pension to ₹1,500 per month, he pointed out, complaining that if a pensioner had took out a jewelry loan of more than ₹1 lakh, he or she had been delisted.