'Ineligible' beneficiaries corner govt schemes

Government funds to the tune of over Rs 100 crore have been cornered by ‘ineligible beneficiaries’ of social security schemes in the district. 

Glaring violations by officials have been noticed in sanctioning benefits under social security schemes such as widow pension, old age pension and Sandhya Suraksha Yojana. So much so that five government employees were found to be receiving pension in Bylahongal taluk.

Tahsildar P N Lokesh said the employees had been suspended and the pension money recovered from them. The number of beneficiaries was two lakh three years ago and it has doubled to 4.29 lakh by 2012.

Social Security Planning Officer S Savita told Deccan Herald that as many as 1,33,592 ineligible beneficiaries had been identified in the district after conducting spot inspections.

The applicants for Sandhya Suraksha Yojana should have attained 60 years of age whereas several beneficiaries were found to be aged 40 years. There had also been instances of pension being disbursed in the name of dead persons and doctors issuing disability certificate to normal persons. 

While payments in such cases have been withheld, no action had been initiated against the officials who facilitated siphoning of public money. 

Meanwhile, the ‘ineligible beneficiaries’ have launched protests claiming that they have been denied benefits despite being eligible.

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