Rama Krishna Sangem
Physically challenged persons in Telangana will get a higher pension of Rs 4,116 per month, perhaps highest in India. This is announced by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at a public meeting in Mancherial on June 9, Friday, as part of boon on the occasion of Telangana’s 10th formation day year long celebrations that will culminate by next June 2 2024. Currently, physically challenged in the state get a pension of Rs 3,116 per month.
Presently, there are 5,15,890 physically challenged persons getting pensions in Telangana. If this hike is applied to those with medical problems like HIV positive etc, the number may go up to 5.70 lakh. So, the hike will impose a burden of close to Rs 600 crore per year on the exchequer, according to a senior governmental functionary who spoke to Excel India.
CM KCR announced a hike of Rs. 1000 per month in the physically challenged persons pensions. Announcing this amidst round of applause in Mancherial public meeting the chief minister said the physically challenged persons would now get rs. 4,116 per month after the increase.
The chief minister was addressing a well attended public meeting in Mancherial district headquarters. Speaking on the occasion the chief minister said the BRS government was for welfare and it was aiming to expand the singareni coal mining activity in all the mineral reserves in the state.
Speaking about the Singareni coal mines the chief minister said the Congress and BJP were trying to trim the collieries for their vested interests. While the Congress has sold 49 percent of the company share to centre the BJP is trying to dump it further by contemplating a privatisation mode, He said.
Stating that the mining unit under SCCL is forging a head with profits the chief minister said the post formation of Telangana state the company is achieving profits and this year it touched 2164 crores . This profit is enabling the company employees and miners get bonus shares and it is a welcome move he said.
Maintaining the mining of coal was helping thermal power produce to expand the chief minister said the three hundred odd billion tonnes of coal production would support the thermal power sector to meet the challenge on the power supply front.“BRSs aim in the country to make the power supply system a positive point and we are keen on making the thermal power viable to suffice the country needs, he declared.
The governments at the centre were trying to rely on coal imports from other countries where as the coal mining in the country is providing production that suffice the requirements he said. For the third meeting in succession the chief minister detailed the salient features of the Dharani portal and mentioned how the portal was useful for the farmer get the benefit of protecting his land.
The Dharani has already recorded 99 percent of the land records and it is proving handy for the farmer reap the required dividends, he said. On the controversial comments of the Congress leaders about the dumping of Dharani portal in Bay of Bengal the chief minister made a clarion call to the public to dump those leaders in Bay of Bengal if they continue to mince similar kind of statements.
“Don’t fall for false promises:
The chief minister spoke in length about the welfare programmes such as Dalit Bandhu, BC welfare programme for artisans, sheep rearing scheme second phase during his speech and cautioned the people not to fall prey to the gimmicks and false promises of parties that got no face value among the public.
Ministers Vemula Prashant Reddy, Indrakaran Reddy, Koppula Eeshwar, Gangula Kamalakar , whip Balka Suman, MP J Santhosh Kumar, MLCs, MLA Divakar Rao and other state level corporation chair persons attended the public meeting .
Earlier the chief minister inaugurated the integrated Collectorate complex in Mancherial. He detailed how the government was employee friendly and how the schemes and service matters were streamlined in the government services. The chief minister formally inaugurated the second phase sheep rearing scheme in mancherial and formally inaugurated the one lakh rupee support to artisan families.
CM KCR laid the foundation stone for the palm oil industry and inaugurated the BRS district office during the visit. The chief secretary Santhi Kumari, IAS, while addressing the inaugural of the Collectorate complex detailed how the clusters like Mancherial got the nod after the carving of new districts.