Hyderabad: Telangana Government is launching a new scheme pension for single women on 2 June, on the occasion of Telangana Formation Day. Eligible women will get an amount of three thousand rupees, a total of three months pension from April to June making it to one thousand rupees per month.
The single women scheme covers women of urban and rural areas under 35 and 30 for unmarried women, whereas the married women should be of minimum 18 years and separated from their husband for at least an year. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao directed the officials of the Panchayat raj and Rural development department to complete the identification of beneficiaries by May 15.
The PR and RD department have been assigned as the nodal agency for implementing the scheme. Jupally Krishna Rao, PR&RD minister, said a draft has been already sent to the CM for approval. “After the CM’s approval, we expect to issue a GO on eligibility norms in a day or two. Everything is being done to ensure that the benefit reaches single women,” said Mr Rao. According to a survey conducted by the PR & RD Department, there are around 2.40 lakh single women eligible for the pension in Telangana State. The scheme is expected to cost Rs 34 crore a month to the Government.
The minimum income limit has been set to 1.5 lakh per annum for the rural areas and 2 lakh minimum for the urban areas. The other women who can also avail the scheme are those whose husband’s are stuck in gulf countries and now in jails, those whose families have abandoned them, also widows of farmers, handloom workers, bread earners who committed suicide or died in accidents, as reported in Deccan Chronicle.