HDK hikes pension under scheme he started in 2007

HDK hikes pension under scheme he started in 2007

The chief minister has raised the monthly pension for citizens above the age of 65 years from Rs 600 to Rs 1,000 under the Sandhya Suraksha scheme, a move that will further increase the government's expenditure by Rs 660 crore.

The scheme was launched when Kumaraswamy headed the BJP-JD(S) coalition government in 2007. Implemented by the Revenue department, the scheme covers farmers, agricultural labourers, weavers, fishermen, building and construction workers.

The hike will come into effect from November 1, 2018. A total of 32.92 lakh persons who have crossed 65 years of age will benefit from the increase in pension, Kumaraswamy said in his budget speech. “This amount will be raised in stages in the coming five years.”

The government's expenditure on pensions has gone up 30% since 2014-15, having increased from Rs 10,118 crore to Rs 13,183 crore. Similarly, the government's expenditure on subsidies have gone up 60% from Rs 11,827 crore to Rs 18,971 crore. 

The government will build 50 Nadakacheris (Atal Janasnehi Kendras) by providing Rs 20 lakh each in the first stage. Existing Nadakacheris will be provided basic facilities at a cost of Rs 10 crore, Kumaraswamy announced.

The Revenue department will take up resurvey of land in a phased manner across the state, starting with five districts this year, Kumaraswamy said.

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