The State government is planning to add 7 lakh more people to receive the YSR pension scheme. This scheme would be in three different categories of aged, disabled, widow and dialysis patients.
Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had instructed the officials of the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, to identify the new beneficiaries under these categories to receive pension. The new pensions would be rolled out from January 2020, just two months away from now.
Jaganmohan Reddy had promised to bring down the pension eligibility age to 45 years for the ST women in the agency area. However, it was changed to payment of Rs 65,000 per year to these women in three instalments as a bulk monetary benefit.
Besides this, the State government is also planning to take over the loans of the Self-Help Groups. There are Rs 27,186 crore worth loans availed by 9.33 lakh women in the State. The previous Telugu Desam Party government had promised to waive these loans in the 2014 election manifesto. The loan waiver for the SHG women was part of the total loan waiver for farmers and weavers promised by the TDP in 2014 elections.
As the TDP could not fulfil the promise and the women are burdened with the loans, the government is planning to pay it on their behalf at least in three to four instalments. Besides, the government is also planning to extend new loans to the women from the next financial year starting in April 2020.