THE PUNE Municipal Corporation (PMC) is set to introduce a pension scheme for widow and destitute women of the urban poor community from the city that would help them take care of their expenditure on basic health issues.
In a proposal tabled in the Women and Child Welfare committee, the civic administration said that the widow and destitute women from the city would be given a pension of Rs 400 per month if they are getting a pension from the Central government schemes and Rs 1,000 per month for those eligible for the PMC scheme but not availing the Central government scheme.
“The PMC on the 125 birth anniversary celebration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is starting the Mata Ramai Bhimrao Ambedkar scheme for widow and destitute women from declared slums or urban poor category that would provide financial assistance to them for their expenditure for health reasons,” it said.
The Central government provides financial assistance of Rs 200 per month under the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Vidhwa pension scheme and Rs 400 per month under Sanjay Gandhi Destitute women scheme. A total of Rs 600 per month under the two schemes are provided as pension to eligible women through the collector’s office.
“The widow and destitute women benefiting from the two Central government schemes would get Rs 400 per month from PMC scheme, which would ensure their pension amounts to Rs 1,000 per month,” it said.
“Also, the widow and destitute women not availing the benefit of Central government scheme but eligible for PMC scheme would be given a pension of Rs the 1,000 per month,” the proposal said.
The civic administration has sought approval of Women and Child Welfare committee, standing committee and general body to implement the scheme while seeking budgetary provision for it every year.
According to the proposal, those eligible under the scheme should submit proof of their stay in PMC area for a minimum of last three years, birth certificate to prove the age is above 18 years, income certificate with total yearly income less than Rs one lakh.
The applicant have to submit caste certificate, Aadhar card details, should have account in nationalised bank also a certificate of widowhood by submitting the death certificate of the husband and the collector’s letter as certificate of destitute women. Those having more than two children would not be eligible under the scheme.