Kerala raises welfare pensions

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on July 10, 2013

The State Cabinet has approved across-the-board hike in pension payouts and associated doles for social security and labour welfare.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced this to newspersons after a meeting of the Cabinet here on Wednesday. The revised payouts would entail and outgo of Rs 74.78 crore, the Chief Minister added.

The extent of hikes in different categories of pensions are as follows: farm labourer’s pension has been raised from Rs 400 to Rs 500; small and marginal farmers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); widows (Rs 525 to Rs 700); and differently-abled (Rs 525 to Rs 700).

For those with disability of 80 per cent above (Rs 700 to Rs 1,000); for unmarried women above 50 years of age (Rs 525 to Rs 700).


Indira Gandhi national old age pension (Rs 400 to Rs 500); Indira Gandhi national old age pension for those above 80 years of age (Rs 900 to Rs 1,100); and kidney patients belonging to the BPL category requiring permanent dialysis support (Rs 525 to Rs 900).

Indigent artistes (Rs 550 to Rs 650); circus artistes (Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,100); dairy farmers (Rs 300 to Rs 500); indigent sportsmen above 70 years of age (Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,100) and those above 60 years of age (Rs 750 to Rs 850).

Coir workers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); cashew workers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); handloom weavers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); fish workers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); and bamboo and associated forest produce workers (Rs 400 to Rs 500).


Kerala State journalists pension (Rs 4,500 to Rs 7,000); non-journalists (Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,000); khadi workers (Rs 300 to Rs 500); tailors (Rs 400 to Rs 500); beedi-cigar workers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); barbers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); and washermen (Rs 400 to Rs 500).

Unorganised labour pension (Rs 400 t Rs 500); tree climbers (Rs 400 to Rs 500); marriage assistance for widow’s daughter (one-off, Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000); assistance to tuberculsosis patients (monthly, Rs 525 to Rs 800); and cancer patients (Rs 525 to Rs 800).

Monthly grant to residents of orphanages, old age homes, destitute and differently-abled (Rs 525 to Rs 700); and food allowance for students in Government-aided schools for hearing and sight-impaired (Rs 750 to Rs 900).

Published on July 10, 2013

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