The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the inclusion of another 40,000 beneficiaries under the old age pension scheme. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,who chaired the Cabinet meeting,said the beneficiaries under the scheme were increased to make the scheme more effective and better its outreach.
The Cabinet also observed two minutes of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the firing by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
Dikshit said the government provides financial help to elderly residents of Delhi since 1995 under its Old Age Pension Scheme.
The scheme had started with assistance of Rs 50 per month. Over the years,it was enhanced to Rs 1,000 per month. While this was enhanced to Rs 1,500 to beneficiaries of 70 years,the monthly pension for those aged between 60 to 69 years continues to be Rs 1,000 per month, Dikshit said.
She said in order to increase the outreach and make the scheme more effective,the need to include more vulnerable persons was felt.
The Cabinet observed two minutes silence in the aftermath of the Maoist attack against state Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh. It was a barbarous incident that has shaken our democratic fabric. The dastardly attack must be condemned in the strongest possible terms, she said.