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Punjab govt releases Rs 131 cr for social security pension

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The government today released Rs 131.20 crore for payments of for March 2018 to 17,89,600 beneficiaries under various schemes.

The amount has been released at the enhanced rate of Rs 750 each to beneficiaries, including elderly, disabled, destitute and widows, an official said.

Incidentally, this is the fourth consecutive month, when pensions have been released on time, making them up to date for this year.

The also issued strict directions to the concerned officials that disbursement of pensions should continue on a monthly basis, as was being done since January this year.

He also asked the department to constantly monitor this process and said that he was personally keeping a tab on it.

Payments under the social security schemes are now being credited directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries, in order to ensure hassle-free disbursement to them.

The further said that the process of disbursement of pensions has been streamlined since January this year, with payments being cleared on a monthly basis.

The government had earlier released Rs.128.08 crore in January, Rs 129.52 crore in February and Rs 129.90 crore in March.

The said that all social security pensions, since December 2017, have been cleared till date.

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First Published: Mon, April 23 2018. 20:50 IST