Shimla: The new BJP Governmentâ€™s foremost able decision was to increase the new social security pension rate to Rs. 300 per month from 1st January, 2008. This increase has come as a much needed support to the 2,37,250 social security pension holders comprising the old, deserted/widow, disabled and lepers of Dev Bhumi â€“ Himachal Pradesh.
Youâ€™ll be surprised to know that the district Mandi comprises highest number of SSPS benefitters. Though the money of the scheme may become an able financial support to these benefitters but a true happiness canâ€™t be brought with money. However, our government may bring up many such schemes to financially help these victims but it becomes our duty to reduce the number of these victims of society by making a move at our homes.
Â· 3.90 percent population is covered under the social security pension scheme.
Â· About 139972 persons get old age pension.
Â· 68,455 deserted women and widows are being given social security pension.
Â· Rehabilitation allowance is being given to 26,922 disabled persons and 1901 lepers.
Â· Out of the 1901 lepers getting rehabilitation allowance 418 belong to Chamba district, 396 to Shimla district and 350 are from Sirmour district.
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The welfare of the poor and under-privileged persons will get an additional Rs. 1200 annually and Rs. 6000 in five years. The new SSPS will entail an additional annual expenditure of Rs. 30 core. Earlier, an amount of Rs. 5384.45 lakh had been earmarked under social security pension scheme in the State for the current financial year.