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Mon, 15 Oct 2018

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Tripura to Increase Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Social Pension

Tripura to Increase Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Social Pension
May 09
14:27 2017

Giving relief to financially backward people of the state, Tripura government has decided to raise minimum eligibility criteria of 20 social pension schemes from BPL to the people having annual income ranging up to Rs 1 lakh, this was informed by state Information minister Bhanu Lal Saha.

“The reason of rising has been argued in a meeting of the council of ministers last night to bridge the deficit in rural economy due to less fund availability from the Centre under MGNREGS,” stated Saha, “The decision of withdrawing BPL cap for social pension would become helpful for at least one lakh people in the state who are poor but not included in the BPL list.”

He further mentioned that Tripura has currently got 25.02 lakh people under the BPL and are eligible to avail a host of social security benefits apart from highly subsidized ration. “We are hopeful that this decision will have a good impact on the rural economy. It would incur an additional financial involvement of Rs 100 crore.”

“3.23 lakh people in the state are now availing benefits of the social pension scheme. Besides, we are sponsoring 25 social pension schemes along with three others were funded by the Centre,” he disclosed.

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