Hyderabad, Nov 15 (UNI) The Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today staged a walkout from the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, demanding a House Committee probe into the implementation of pension schemes taken up by the State Government under Indiramma programme.
When State Rural Development Minister G Chinna Reddy was replying to a query raised by Mr P Raghunatha Reddy (TDP), TDP floor leader Dadi Veera Bhadra Rao intervened and asked the Minister to order a House Committee probe into the matter.
The Minister declined to order such a probe, stating that the Government was implementing the scheme in a transparent manner.
Dissatisfied with the reply, the TDP members staged a walkout.
Refuting the allegations of irregularities in selecting beneficiaries for the pension scheme, Mr Chinna Reddy said the State Government had increased the pension for old age, widow and handicapped from Rs 75 during the previous TDP regime to Rs 200. It had distributed pensions to 45 lakh people at a total cost of Rs 1,149 crore. The Government proposed to increase disbursement of pension in the third phase of the programme to 62 lakh people in the next two years.
The Minister said the erstwhile TDP Government had disbursed pension to only 18.97 lakh people at a cost of Rs 170 crore.
Earlier, the TDP members alleged that large scale irregularities had taken place in the distribution of pension in Indiramma Model villages across the State and the Government failed to provide pensions to eligible people.