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Government of Telangana as a part of its social safety net strategy, hereby, introduces the Aasara pensions with a view to ensure secure life with dignity for all the poor. This scheme is meant to protect the most vulnerable sections of society in particular the old and infirm; people with HIV-AIDS, widows, incapacitated weavers and toddy tappers, who have lost their means of livelihood with growing age, in order to support their day to day minimum needs required to lead a life of dignity and social security.

In the past, social security pensions provided were meager and, barely sufficient to cover the basic minimum requirements of the needy. With a view to combat the ever-increasing cost of living and inflation, the Government, hereby, introduces a new scheme called Aasara pensions, which will provide substantial financial benefits to all the above categories, particularly those who are most needy.

The new social safety net scheme proposed by the government shall be called Aasara Pension Scheme and shall be effective from 1ST October,2014 payable in November, 2014

Land : 3.5 Acrs wet or 7.00 Acrs dry land
Annual Income : 1.50 Lakhs in Rural Areas and 2.00 in Urban Areas
Eligibility Criteria :
 
1. Old Age Pension - Age 65 years and above
a)

Age should be as per age criteria given above. Should be established clearly by documentary evidence such as birth certificate, electoral roll, Aadhaar card or any document which shows the proof of age.

b)

If no document is available for the proof of age, the verification officer must beable to arrive through a rational assessment of the age by corroborating with other factors such as age of children, grand children's marriage etc.

c)

In case of indeterminate persons, they shall be referred to Medical Board for assessment of age through tests such assossification and reorded documentation of the same.

 
2.Weavers Pension - Age 50 years and above
3.Widow Pension - Age 18 years and above
a)

Death Certificate of her husband. Every year updation on remarriage for young widows (Up to 45 years)

b) For widow pensions, the death certificate of the spouse is a must to be eligible
c)

Where the death certificate is not available a local enquiry may be made following which the death certificate as per the birth and death registration act will have to be obtained in the next three months. In case of remarriage, the Village Secretaries must certify every year that the individual has not remarried.

4. Toddy Tappers Pension - Age 50 years and above
a) For Toddy tapper pensions the verification should be confirmed whether the beneficiary is a registered member in the Cooperative Society of Toddy Tappers.
5. ART Pension - HIV/AIDS persons
a) Medical cerificate from the concerned hospital that the applicant is a person with HIV/AIDS
b) List of names can also be obtained from the ART centre duly certified by the Authority heading the Center.
6. Disabled Pension - Differently abled persons
a) Irrespective of age
b) Disabled persons having a minimum of 40% disability under Sadarem assessment
c)

In case of hearing impaired, the minimum disability should be 51% (as per GO Ms.No.31, Dtd.01.12.2009). In case of minor child, the pension shall be disbursed to the mother/ father of the disabled child.

Aasara Pensions Sanctioned Details
Pension Type No. of Pensions Amount
(in Lakhs)
OLD AGE PENSION 1,21,944 1219.44
WIDOW PENSION 1,11,530 1115.30
DISABLED 34,448 516.72
Weavers 915 9.15
Toddy Tapper 1,675 16.75
Total : 2,70,512 2877.36
Financial Assistance to Beedi Workers 1,17,259 1172.59
ART Pensions 1,605 16.05
Total : 3,89,376 4066.00
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