Kapurthala: Old-age pensioners and beneficiaries of financial assistance, comprising widows, destitute women, dependent children and disabled persons, of the schemes of the Social Security Department of the state are a depressed and disappointed a lot these days.
As many as 48,286 beneficiaries of these schemes have not received their pensions or financial assistance to the tune of Rs 500 per month each, for the past five months from November last year to March this year in Kapurthala so far.
Of the total beneficiaries, majority of beneficiaries belong to old age pensioners, 10,024 are from widow and destitute women category, 3,920 beneficiaries are dependent children while 4,205 come under physically handicapped category.
These days a large number of old-age pensioners and beneficiaries of other financial assistance schemes can be seen visiting banks in cities, houses of the sarpanches in villages and the district social security office at Kapurthala time and again to enquire about their pension of six months, but due to non-issuance of funds for the purpose to the Social Security Department they return empty-handed every time after hearing that the government has not sent funds for disbursing their pensions so far. All they can do now is wait for issuance of funds to the Social Security Department.
Bills for Nov 2016 to Jan 2017 sent to Treasury for clearance, claims DSSO
Devi, a widow resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar said that she visited the bank and social security office dozens of times since last three months, but returned disappointed each time.
District Social Security Officer Jalandhar D S Sangha, who is holding the additional charge of Kapurthala office, said that pension bills from November 2016 to January 2017 amounting to Rs 1,46,18,000 had already sent to district treasury for its clearance and as and when these bills will be cleared immeidiately, the amount transferred to the bank accounts of these beneficiaries.