YSRCP exposes TDP’s blatant lies on pension beneficiaries. Data reveals current govt allocated 4 times more funds than TDP for beneficiaries. Attacking the TDP for its false propaganda on the status of pensions in Andhra Pradesh, YSRCP spokesperson Siva Sankar Reddy clarified that it is YSRCP government which is fulfilling its promise of providing benefit to pensioners.
Detailing the facts, Siva Sankar stated that, “In the TDP regime, only 39 lakh people were provided pensions for which a budget of ₹400 crore was allocated. Only a few were benefitted out of it. But the YSRCP government took the correct assessment and started providing pensions to 62 lakh beneficiaries. The budget was also hiked to ₹1,600 crore which is 4 times of what the TDP allocated.”
“Not only that, CM Jagan is committed to social security and has thus increased old age pension to ₹2,750 per month,” he emphasised. Stating that the TDP came up with an imaginative figure that over 1.5 lakh people are not receiving pensions, Siva Sankar stated that the government is in the process of updating its records and there is absolutely no way to figure out how many beneficiaries are currently receiving or not being granted pensions.
“Once in every six months, the government updates its data of applicants and increases or decreases the number of beneficiaries. This is a common practice that any government has to follow to not miss any elegible candidate. If a few beneficiaries are being removed as pensioners, the government will give a notice period of 15 days to them. This is the process that the government has been following and it is the third time that the YSRCP government is updating its data,” the spokesperson revealed. Siva Sankar added that around 90% of beneficiaries get pensions on the first day every month as part of YSR Pension Kanuka. The beneficiaries include senior citizens, weavers, widows, differently-abled, toddy tappers, artists, transgenders, fishermen, single women, traditional cobblers and Dappu artists.
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