|Published : 13 Oct 2016, 18:17:52|
Govt safety net allowances cover 4.3m beneficiaries
Nearly 4.3 million socially and financially underprivileged people have been brought under the government's old-age and other social safety net allowances.
"Every year the number of beneficiaries of the safety net programmes is increasing in the country," said an official familiar with the process, reports BSS.
He said a total of 3.15 million elderly people aged 65 years and above are receiving the old-age allowance and some 1.15 million distressed women are getting widow allowance.
According to a ministry official, the government has been operating two separate programmes for the downtrodden section of the people especially the transgender, dalits (humiliated persons) and gypsy community to improve their livelihoods and life standard.
The government is carrying out its safety net campaign across the country through providing old-age allowance, widow allowance, allowance for divorced women, disabled allowance, distressed women allowance, poor pregnant women allowance, subsidised open market sale, vulnerable group development (VGD), vulnerable group feeding (VGF), test relief (TR) and food for work programme, he said.
In line with the government's initiatives, various projects under the social safety net have been undertaken to improve the lifestyle of the old-aged, distressed, disabled, financially insolvent people, widows, divorced and pregnant women. - IH