Lucknow, February 2- For many beneficiaries of welfare schemes in the state, the Union Budget presented yesterday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman brought good tidings.
For senior citizens and persons with disability, the Union Budget has allocated Rs. 9,500 crore.
If officials at social welfare. department are to be believed, the government is making efforts to widen the ambit of schemes to benefit more people.
Also, the number of beneficiaries availing pension under welfare schemes for senior citizens and persons with disability is likely to go up by around 10-12%, according to a report by The Times of India.
According to the officials allocations have been made in the Budget in view of the proposed national social assistance scheme under which pension awarded to the elderly is likely to double in two slabs.
“In senior citizen category, pension may go up to Rs 1,000 per month from existing Rs 500 for those above 80 years of age and to Rs 500 per month from Rs 200 for people in the age group of 60-79 years,” the report in the national daily quoted a senior officer as saying.
He also added that beneficiaries would increase in rural areas as it had higher population of elderly people.
The report quoted Dr Abhishek Shukla, a city-based private geriatric physician as saying, “Though a token amount, pension is of great use to the elderly, especially women, who have limited means to fend for themselves.”
Apart from benefits for the elderly, about 41 lakh differently-abled people in UP may also get benefits.
Through India, about 2% people suffer from disabilities. Around 31 lakh people with disabilities belong to rural UP while 10 lakh are from urban areas.
Genderwise, 23 lakh are male and 18 lakh are female, according to figures shared by the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities show.
“Higher allocations will certainly benefit disabled people but as of now we don’t know the exact benefits they will receive,” an official said