News Desk, Amar Ujala, Lucknow
Published by: Pankaj Srivastava
Updated Thu, 02 Sep 2021 08:59 PM IST
Out of these, 4 lakh 56 thousand new beneficiaries are also included. On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that old people have a wealth of experiences and they are also our guide.
CM Yogi Adityanath.
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The Chief Minister said this while addressing the beneficiaries virtually after sending the amount of pension to the account of the beneficiaries of old age pension in a program organized at the residence of Chief Minister Kalidas Marg. He said that the Central and State Governments are working with the spirit of service to make arrangements for the life and livelihood of every old man. Whether the elderly need ration-water or treatment and medicines at the time of illness, everything is being provided free of cost. Not only this, Elder Helpline 14567 has been specially issued for the elderly, on which any senior citizen or elderly person can get help by contacting 24 hours.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister interacted virtually with the beneficiaries of different districts and got information about their health as well as problems. The Chief Minister has also directed the DMs of all the districts to provide the benefit of Ayushman Bharat or Mukhyamantri Jan Arogya Yojana to the needy elderly people. He said that earlier the elderly have been neglected, due to which all the elders used to get upset. But now the state government is doing the work of meeting every need of the elderly on priority.
The Chief Minister said that 30 lakh new elderly people have been able to join the old age pension scheme in the last four years. He said that the intention of the government is clear that the benefits of welfare schemes should reach the elderly, farmers, poor, laborers, destitute women and the needy living in the state. Earlier, Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri presented a brief description of the departmental activities. Minister of State for Social Welfare GS Dharmesh and other departmental officers were also present on the occasion.
Elders expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister
During the interaction with the Chief Minister, all the elders shared their woes and experiences. Happy elders expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister after getting three months pension together. Prahlad of Maharajganj told the Chief Minister that he had got pension for the first time. While the Chief Minister asked Shanti Devi of Hathras what she would do with this money, Shanti said that after getting the pension, she would no longer have to spread her hands in front of anyone for her expenses. Sonbhadra’s Basanti thanked the Chief Minister for free ration and pension, while Sultanpur’s Mani Ram thanked the Chief Minister for the arrangement of medicine and needles.