September 20, 2020

Pension for acid attack survivors

Patna: The Bihar cabinet on Thursday decided to pay a monthly pension of Rs 400 to survivors of acid attack.

This would be in addition to the treatment cost which the government bears.

“Though such victims will get the pension under the disability head, the general criteria of 40 per cent disability would not apply in case of such victims and they would get the pension irrespective of the percentage of the disability,” chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said.

All natives of Bihar as well as survivors of acid attack incidents which took place in the state would be eligible for this benefit.

The cabinet has enhanced the dress stipend given to children (3 to 6 years of age) registered with different Anganwadi centres.

They would now get Rs 400 per annum in place of the existing Rs 250. Around 32 lakh children will benefit from this scheme.

Henceforth, to ensure regular payment to beneficiaries of financial assistance under various schemes, the state will use its own fund for the initial payout.

It will make the necessary adjustments once the central funds for the purpose come in.

It is generally seen that central share for such schemes come in after May which leads to delay in payment to the beneficiaries.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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