Santana Chakma
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The BJP-led government in Tripura will continue with all 30 of the pension schemes introduced by the previous Left Front government that is benefiting 4,05,175 people.

This was disclosed by state social welfare and social education minister Santana Chakma in Agartala on Monday.

An amount of Rs 26.78 crore is being spent every month providing 33 different social pension schemes, three of which are sponsored by the Centre.

“Some vested interest quarters are campaigning that the 30 social pension schemes introduced by the previous government would be stopped. This is absolutely false,” Chakma further said.

The previous Left Front government had introduced the 30 pension schemes, ranging Rs 600 to Rs 2,500 per month, for the people belonging to various economically weaker sections, destitute, unmarried and unemployed women.

The Centre also has been providing three monthly allowances and pensions, including Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme.

The minister further said that the government has just undertaken a state-wide verification of the beneficiaries, adding that the verification process would be completed by this month end and that no body should be panicky about this ongoing verification process.

“No eligible beneficiary would be removed from any of the scheme,” she added.

“The verification of beneficiaries was launched to identify the genuine recipient under these 33 schemes not to deprive any legitimate pensioner.”

Earlier on Sunday Left Front convener Bijan Dhar alleged before the media that in the name of verification and other excuses, the BJP government with the political motive, is keen to deprive a large number of people from getting benefits from the 33 social pension schemes.

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