New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) In commemoration of World Elders Day, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that all centurion senior citizens in Delhi will get a monthly pension of Rs 1001 instead of Rs 600 with effect from today.
She made this announcement at a function attended by several elderly people. She also initiated the distribution of 'Senior Citizens Identity Cards', thereby making Delhi the first state to do so. Ten of the senior citizens were personally handed over the cards by her.
The identity cards would include photo, name of the senior citizens, name of father/husband, age, address and their blood group and would make them eligible for medical and travel facilities apart from other benefits. The cards for centurion senior citizens would have golden border to distinguish it from others.
Apart from these measures, she also announced that her Government would set up nine Old Age Homes which would be handed over to NGOs for maintenance.
The Chief Minister gave the assurance that the pension for the elderly will be remitted by electronic transfer as they faced difficulties in getting it.
Of the 9,42,860 senior citizens (above 60 years of age) in Delhi, 42 are above 100.
Ms Dikshit also said at least one Recreation Centre for the senior citizens would be opened in each Assembly Segment of Delhi.
Social Welfare Minister Dr Yoganand Shastri and senior officers of the Department of Social Welfare were also present in the function.
Mr Shastri stated that the Department of Social Welfare has prepared a database of all senior citizens of Delhi. It has been decided to personally hand over such cards to other centurion senior citizens at their residence, he said.
The Government has been providing monthly pension of Rs 600 to almost 1,60,000 senior citizens.