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Assam government announces pensions for all elderly people
The BJP-led Assam government, on Tuesday, announced monthly pensions for all economically weak elderly persons of the state. The pensions will be given under a scheme named after freedom fighter Kushal Konwer who attained martyrdom in the Quit India Movement.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has inaugurated the scheme in a programme organised on Tuesday at Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati. In his inaugural speech the chief minister reiterated that the state government along with the Centre has been implementing schemes and plans to enable everybody to live a life with dignity.

"The Kushal Konwer Universal elderly Pension scheme has been chosen for implementation in coherence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sabka Sath Sabka Vikash slogan," the CM said adding that the scheme would benefit lakh of elderly people of the state. The CM also appealed all to give respect to elderly people.

Under the scheme all economically weaker section elderly persons, who are above 60 years old, would get monthly pension of rupees 250. However, the scheme excludes the elderly persons whose annual income exceeds rupees 2.5 lakh and who are fathers of class1 category government officers both the Central and the state including the armed forces.

The flagship scheme would be implemented under the state Panchayat and Rural Development Department. To avail the benefit of the scheme the beneficiaries must have bank accounts, said Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Nava Kumar Doley. He urged the would-be beneficiaries, who are yet to open bank accounts, to open bank accounts as early as possible.

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