Government is committed to secure dignified life to all the poor and vulnerable, particularly the old and infirm and to support their minimum needs to bring happiness in their lives. In pursuit of this overarching goal, inspite of the challenging financial conditions, orders were issued in the reference first read above enhancing the Social Security Pension amount from Rs.200/- to Rs.1000/- per month to Old Age, Widow, Weavers, Toddy Tappers and AIDS patients and from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/- per month to People With Disabilities (PWD) having 40% to 79% degree of disability and Rs.1500/- per month for PWDs having 80% and above degree of disability, and that the above enhanced scale of pension will come into effect from September, 2014, to be paid on 2nd October, 2014 and onwards.
The Chief Executive Officer, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, A.P., Hyderabad vide the letter second read above has stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the Performance Audit of Implementation of Social Security Pension Schemes AP, 2013, identified that in respect of 32% of beneficiaries, the age indicated in the ration card did not match with that of the one mentioned in the acquittances/database; that 19% of beneficiaries stated that their pension was sanctioned after multiple attempts; that 16% of beneficiaries stated that there were delays in payment of pension. The CAG recommended for cleansing the pensioners database to bring in better targeting of the poor and requested to issue necessary guidelines for verification of pensioners with pension and Aadhar details with a view to regulate the distribution of pensions in an effective manner
Keeping in view the report of the CEO, SERP, and, the observations made by the CAG in their report, Government have decided to provide pensions to all eligible persons, duly eliminating the ineligible cases, and decided to invoke linkage of 100% Aadhaar authenticated disbursement from 2nd October 2014 and to launch a verification campaign in every Gram Panchayat / Municipal Ward from 19.09.2014 to 21.09.2014 through Gram Panchayat / Municipal /Corporation Committees
The CEO, SERP shall communicate to the Districts the list of GPs where there are disproportionate number of Pensioners with respect to the population and the Dt Collectors will nominate a Senior Officer to supervise the verification process to weed out all the ineligible cases
Government have also decided to ensure the 100% field level verification of eligibility of existing pensioners, and it is also to receive new applications for sanction of pensions
To achieve the above objective goal, the following procedure is prescribed:
Procedure for verification of eligibility of existing pensioners and collection of application for new pensions:
Government have decided to set up Gram Panchayat/Mandal/Municipality Pension Committees to conduct the process of verification of existing pensions, and collection and finalisation of the new pension applications as follows, with the composition of members, mentioned hereunder
The Gram Panchayat level Committee can scrutinize about 200 pensioners status per day. Therefore in 2 days 400 pensioners can be scrutinized. Therefore GPs having more than 400 pensioners need to have another Committee. The additional Committees to be appointed by the District Pensions Committee with a Special Officer as the President and the Village Revenue Officer/Teachers to
function as the Member-Convener. The nominated members remain the same as in the GP Pensions Committee notified above.
Grampanchayat, Municipal Ward & Municipal Corporation Division Pensions Committee (Including (1)BC, (1)SC and (1)ST in each committee)
1. District Minister (s) – Chairperson
2. District Collector – Member
3. Project Director, DRDA – Member Convener.
The Self Help Group Members, and Group Social Activists mentioned in the above Committees will be nominated by the concerned, District Minister (s) and the nomination process shall be completed immediately.
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