The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi today launched the new Guaranteed Minimum Pension Scheme of Government of India in Dehradun. The minister delivered certificates of increased pension to first ten pensioners. The Government of India recently announced the launch of a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs 1000 per month under Employees Pension Scheme, 1995. Under the new Scheme, the pension has been increased from Rs 650 to Rs 1000. Also, the maximum wage limit for eligibility has been increased from Rs 6500 per month to Rs 15,000 per month.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that this measure has been taken by the Central Government to provide increased social security to workers through the Pension Scheme. She said that the pension is a small token of gratitude which the nation pays to workers who spend a life time in building the nation through their hard work. Gandhi also explained the benefits of integrating Jan Dhan Yojana and Employees Scheme which will now enable the Pension to go directly into the accounts of the workers.
The minister also gave a preview of Swachch Bharat Yojana of Govt. of India and its critical applicability to an environmentally fragile state like Uttarakhand.
She requested the Uttarakhand Government to consider banning the use of plastics in the State.
The State Labour Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Chander Durgapal, Surveyor General of India, Subba Rao were among those present on the occasion.