Pension to the disabled, old age people and widows

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Patna, Mar 25 (UNI) The government today said that the aged, widows and disabled were getting pension under various schemes in Bihar.

Replying to a short notice question of RJD's Abdul Bari Siddiqui in the Assembly, Social Welfare Minister Rameshwar Paswan said aged people were getting Rs 400 as monthly pension. He elaborated that Rs 200 was being given by the Centre and the state was paying a like amount.

Replying to a supplimentary question of Mr Siddiqui, the minister ruled out any proposal under consideration for enhancement of pension and clarified that the old age pension scheme of the state government was different from that of the Centres.

He further said apart from old age pension the state government was giving Rs 200 monthly pension to the disabled and widows.

Dissatisfied with the reply and alleging largescale irregularities in the old age pension scheme, Mr Siddiqui demanded a probe into the matter by a special House committee.

Later Speaker Udai Narayan Choudhry directed the minister to look into the matter.

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