Shimla, Jul 6 UNI | 16 days ago

Himachal Pradesh Government is according top priority to socio-economic uplift of weaker sections of the society so as to make them economically and socially secure. Numerous welfare programmes and schemes were implemented by the state government to achieve this objective.

Consistent efforts were being made to make every person of the target groups aware about the welfare policies so that they may avail the benefits of these programmes, sources said.

The state government has been providing Social Security Pension to eligible old aged, widows and handicapped persons at the rate of Rs 550 per month. A total of 2, 92, 921 eligible persons are being provided Social Security Pension at present.

A budgetary provision of Rs 21543.21 lakh has been made under the scheme for the year 2014-15 and a target has been fixed to cover a total of 3,04,921 eligible persons by the end of financial year 2014-15.

Persons above 80 years of age are being provided the Social Security Pension at the rate of Rs 1000 per month since April 1, 2013.

Keeping in view the vulnerability and special social needs of these people, the state government has decided to provide them Social Security Pension irrespective of any income limit except to those who are drawing any other pension.

At present there are about one lakh people in this age group in the state. Persons with 70 per cent or more disability are being provided Rs 750 per month as social security pension.State The government would be providing additional benefits of Rs 110 crore for social security pensions in the year 2014-15.

The allocation under Schedule Caste Special Component Plan has been increased to 25.19 percent for the year 2014-15. A total budget outlay of Rs 1325 crore has been made for Schedule Caste (SC), Other backward Classes (OBC) and Minority Affairs Department for this financial year. To ensure all round development of tribal areas and welfare of tribal people, State Government has provided Rs 924 crore for tribal areas.

The grant for inter-caste marriage has also been enhanced to Rs 50,000 from Rs 25,000. A subsidy of Rs 1500 for purchasing sewing machines and other Implements is being provided to those youth of SC, ST and OBC categories who have been trained in an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) or in any other Training Institute so as to make them Self Reliant.

Rs 106.11 lakh has been provided for the purpose in the year.

(Posted on 06-07-2014)