The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) has directed officials to stop re-verification of 3.6 lakh pensions for families having more than one pension card, orders to this effect were issued on Tuesday.
According to sources in the Rural Development department, the government has identified 3.6 lakh families with more than one pension beneficiaries under the YSR Pension Kanuka Scheme in the State.
NTR Bharosa Pension scheme was launched by the TDP Government in June 2014, to combat poverty along with improving the living standards of the underprivileged people especially, those who are old and weak people. The pensions were raised five-fold from the earlier Rs. 200 per month under INC government to Rs. 1000 under TDP in 2014. Under the scheme people of old age, widows, people with disabilities, weavers, toddy tappers, transgenders, dappu artists, cobblers, people undergoing anti-retroviral therapy and single women were given Rs. 1000 per month. Patients with chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDU) were given Rs. 2500 per month. In 2019, the TDP government revised the amount from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000. Never before has any state in India increased pensions for the underprivileged by more than 10 times (Rs. 200 to Rs. 3000). Soon after coming to power, the YSRCP government renamed the scheme to YSR Pension Kanuka.
Recently, the government transferred the pension payments in Brahmin Welfare Corporation Ltd to YSR Pension Kanuka scheme.
When the government took steps to cancel one pension of those who are enjoying two pensions in the poor Brahmin family, the Deputy Speaker in the State Legislative Assembly Kona Raghupati, MLA and AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation Chairman Malladi Vishnu met Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy requested to allow for two pensions for Brahmin families. While, Jagan Reddy made an exception for the Brahmin community. Beneficiaries from other communities, whose names are to be omitted started to question the YCP’s double standard of governance and voiced their concern.