Punjab budget 2017-18 Manpreet Badal Social security. Our Government remains conscious of its responsibility to the weak and disadvantaged groups of the Society. The State Government is paying a monthly pension of `500 per month to 14.50 lac old age persons, 1.70 lac dependent children, 1.90 lac disabled persons and 3.80 lac widows and destitute women.The total annual liability for 21.90 lac beneficiaries is to the tune of 1314 crore. Much, as I wish, I am hugely constrained by the fiscal stress of the state treasury and therefore, striking a balance, I propose to raise the pensions to 750 Rs per month for all the categories, from the current level of 500 per month.The State Government is sensitized of the trauma experienced by the acid attack victims and has initiated a comprehensive strategy to provide security and financial assistance to all the Acid Attack Victims in order to make them self-reliant. Under this scheme financial assistance 8000 per month shall be provided to the Acid Attack victims.Purpose to enhance the ‘Ashirwad’, at the time of marriage of SC/BC/Christian Girls/Widows/Divorcee and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriage to 21,000 from the current level of 15,000 to the upliftment of the Women, Children and other Disadvantageous groups. He add that despite our financial constraints, I have earmarked a total budget of 3604.65 crore for the Social Security sector for the year 2017-18. An increase of 9.50% over the last year.
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