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HARYANA CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced a series of sops, including increase in social security pensions, on the eve of golden jubilee celebrations of the state. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Khattar said social security pensions, including Old Age Samman Allowance, widow pension and that for the handicapped would be increased to Rs 1,600 per month from November 1. Earlier, the government had wanted to hike the pensions by January 1, next year. At present, Rs 1,400 per month is given as social security pensions to 22 lakh beneficiaries at a cost of Rs 88 crore to the state exchequer.
The CM said other announcements would be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebrations in Gurgaon Tuesday. Khattar added that the government has decided to relax the disability limit from 70 per cent to 60 per cent to avail of disability pension. Beneficiaries would also get Rs 1,600 per month. Also, financial assistance to destitute children has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 700, while assistance to non-school going differently abled children would be raised from Rs 700 to Rs 1,000 from November 1.
The honorarium for Home Guard constables has been revised from Rs 300 per day to Rs 572 per day on a par with police constables. This will benefit 14,025 home guards. The CM also announced that a Haryana Swarna Jayanti Medal would be instituted from November 1. All the officers and police personnel of the department would wear it on the uniform.
Khattar further announced an increase in scholarship for cadets hailing from Haryana and being trained at National Indian Military College in Dehradun from Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 per annum.
The government has also decided to set up a separate department for the welfare of ex-servicemen. A minister would be put in charge to ensure effective implementation of welfare schemes for them. Khattar announced that financial assistance being given to ex-servicemen of 60 or above, widows of ex-servicemen, physically disabled ex-servicemen, paraplegic ex-servicemen, orphan children of ex-servicemen and war widows of 1962, 1965 and 1971 would be increased to Rs 3,000 per month from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000.
Khattar launched the web portal of the scheme, Shikshit Yuva-Sammanit Hua, under which an honorarium of Rs 9,000 would be given to postgraduate unemployed youths in lieu of 100 hours of work. A total of 1,100 such beneficiaries are already registered with employment exchanges in the state and another 30,000 youths are also expected to register. So, the scheme would be worth Rs 324 crore per year. The CM further said that the monthly honorarium for sanitation workers would be raised to Rs 10,000 from Rs 8,100.