Eligibility age for Old Age Pension reduced to 60 years

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On the 30th day of his village to village tour the Chief Minister emphasized on the welfare measures of the government.

Talking about the various welfare measures of the government the Chief Minister declared that the age for the Old Age Pension which is 65 years will be reduced to 60 years from now onwards. He also declared that an amount of Rs.600/- per month will be given to old people of the age group of 60 to 80 years. For the people of above 80 years the amount will be increased to Rs.1000/- per month, the Chief Minister announced.

He also announced Maternity Allowance of Rs. 3000/- as one time grant for the mothers in case of institutional delivery. He also announced Child Protection Allowance of Rs.500/- per month for children till they attain six years in case of institutional delivery. This he said is being done to encourage institutional delivery which will not only safeguard the mother during delivery but will also help in reducing infant mortality rate of the state.

The Chief Minister was very much disappointed about the malpractices involved in the distribution of domestic LPG Cylinders. In this regard he said that the people involved in misuse of cylinders shall be brought to justice. The middlemen involved in this trade shall be booked too. The government has taken very serious note of this, the Chief Minister added.

Talking about the various schemes and projects undertaken at various places around the state the Chief Minister said transparency has to be maintained in these projects as the people have every right to know about the projects being undertaken at their places. Social estimates of the projects have to be prepared and it should be explained in a lay man’s term to the villages in the Gram Sabha. It is for the people that we are working and they should know what is happening around them. Since the people do not understand the technicalities involved in the projects they should be explained in as simple way as possible so that they understand the projects. In this regard the Chief Minister also said that the people also have the responsibility towards the projects. They should see that the projects being undertaken at their areas are of quality and should voice their grievances if they are not satisfied with the implementation of the projects.

He also informed that the work for beautification and upgradation of Rongli Bazar like that of MG Marg, Gangtok will start very soon. In this regard he solicited the cooperation of the local people. Their was hue and cry when we started the beautification of MG Marg, Gangtok and we had to face much criticism but later on the people realized that this has been done for good cause. Now the business has increased manifold in Gangtok Bazar, the Chief Minister said.

At Rongli Bazar the Chief Minister also inaugurated a Shiva Temple. At Sudunglakha, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Veterinary Sub Centre. During the 30th day the Chief Minister addressed the public at Dalapchand, Rongli Bazar and Sudunglakha.



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