New guidelines have been issued by the Telangana State Government for the implementation of the “financial assistance to single women” scheme.
To get the pension, under this scheme, the beneficiary should have an annual income of less than Rs 1.5 lakh in rural areas, and Rs 2 lakh in urban areas. Also, the beneficiary should not be included in any other social security pension scheme, or or should not be a pensioner under any public or private sector organization.
In their guidelines, the TS government said, the beneficiaries will receive Rs 1000 per month. The pension will be applicable to “single women”, referred to married women above the age of 18, who had been separated from their husbands or whose husbands have deserted them. Also, the separation period need to be more than one year. The pension will also be applicable to those unmarried single women, who are above 30 years of age in rural areas, and above 35 years of age in urban areas.
For those women who do not have their separation periods documents available, the details could be ascertained by the local tahsildar, after inquiries. Such identified beneficiaries, ought to belong to a household, whose annual income os less than 1.5 lakh in rural areas, and Rs 2 lakh in urban areas.
Women who belong to these categories, but are above the age of 65 years, shall be included under the old-age pension Aasara scheme. The benefit shall be discontinued after ascertaining the status of the woman, if in case the beneficiary remarries or gets permanent employment or economic stability, after the sanction of the financial assistance. The Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs) in rural areas, Municipal commissioners in urban local bodies, Deputy Commissioners in GHMC other than Hyderabad district and tahsildars in Hyderabad district, will ascertain the status in every three months.
Furthermore, the applications will be received and the panchayat secretary in the rural areas, bill collector in urban local bodies and village revenue officer in GHMC areas, shall be entrusted with the task of verifying the applications. The tahsildar, will be responsible for conducting Gram Sabha, for identification of the eligible beneficiaries in the GHMC area. The Ward Sabha will be conducted in the slums by the tahsildars or the deputy collectors, with the help of the municipal staff. The municipal commissioners, will conduct the ward sabha in the other urban local bodies. The district collectors, in the GHMC limits of Hyderabad, RangaReddy, SangaReddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri districts, shall take the help of the municipal authorities for the identification of the beneficiaries.
About 10% of the “super checks” shall be conducted by the special officers, appointed by the district collector, and any wrong identification and certification of beneficiaries, shall bring about stringent disciplinary action against the violators, said the State Government.