For 65-year-old Gurtej Kaur in Punjab’s Moga district, the day begins with a go to to the financial institution to ask after a pension – a meagre Rs 750 per thirty days – that she has not obtained since Could.
“I do not know why I’ve not been receiving the pension quantity. I’m a senior citizen with no different incomes member within the household. I maintain a few of my bills by stitching garments. The federal government ought to proceed my month-to-month pension,” she mentioned.
There are numerous like Ms Kaur in Punjab, who’ve been left within the lurch after the division of social safety detected a significant rip-off – greater than 70,000 folks have been illegally drawing advantages value round Rs 162.35 crore.
Though the names of the unlawful beneficiaries have now been struck off the listing and the state has ordered restoration of the disbursed quantity, it’s going to probably take a number of extra months earlier than the cash is recouped and despatched to Ms Kaur and the others.
Officers say the fraud dates again to 2015, when tens of hundreds claimed to be eligible for outdated age pension utilizing faux certificates to bypass the minimal age rule – 58 for girls and 65 for males.
There have been additionally others beneficiaries, comparable to destitute and disabled individuals, who didn’t meet the factors both.
Sangrur, Bathinda, Amritsar, Muktsar and Mansa are the districts with essentially the most numbers of those unlawful beneficiaries
Nevertheless, the restoration order has kicked up a political storm with the opposition Akali Dal calling it “anti-human”, whereas the AAP (Aam Aadmi Social gathering) has demanded motion towards erring officers
Dr Daljit Cheema, an Akali Dal spokesperson, mentioned the order meant 70,000 households can be left with no pension, as towards the Congress’s declare of elevating pensions to Rs 2,500 per thirty days.
“The federal government managed to detect this fraud, which happened within the Akali Dal administration. It’s time to make recoveries additionally from these officers who allowed it to occur,” he mentioned.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has hit again, mentioning that deserving beneficiaries had been added to the listing since he got here to energy in 2017.
He additionally accused the earlier administration – an alliance of the Akali Dal and BJP – of “fraudulently” serving to unlawful beneficiaries.
“My authorities had added 6 lakh real beneficiaries… whereas removing the ineligible ones who have been fraudulently getting social safety advantages underneath the patronage of the erstwhile SAD-BJP authorities,” he was quoted by information company ANI.
“This stuff occur when political events turn into egocentric and bask in wrongful acts to advertise their very own pursuits,” the Chief Minister declared.
Whereas the Congress and the opposition alternate barbs over this situation, it’s important for the state authorities to make sure that senior residents and people genuinely deserving of social safety and assist from the state, should not left excessive and dry.
With enter from ANI