The State government is getting ready for single women pension scheme announced by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for single women at any cost by the end of this month. Draft guidelines have already been framed and circulated to the districts.
Official sources said the focus is more on women who have been forced out of their marital homes. In some cases, women have chosen to step out due to domestic violence and harassment by in-laws and living a destitute life in the absence of support from any source.The District Collectors conference scheduled on Monday will be taking a final decision on the modalities for the implementation of the scheme, leading to the issue of Government Order within a week.
What will be the age criteria?
The number of single women who will merit consideration for the sanction of Rs 1,000 pension could be in the range of 2.5 lakh to three lakh. It would depend more on the age criterion that is to be taken into consideration for sanction of the new pension.
Rs 1,000 per month pension for single women would come into effect from 2017-18. He instructed the district collectors to start recording details of single women in the districts. He also appealed to the eligible women to get their names registered under the scheme. He directed the legislators also to take responsibility in getting the eligible women enrolled under the scheme.