Bhopal : The new government of the state has established the importance of social thinking in politics by prioritizing the problems of the common man. Now an atmosphere of sensitivity has been created towards social concerns in the state. The new government has broadened the scope of social security by understanding the needs of the poor, weak, destitutes, senior citizens and disabled people of the society.
Increase in assistance amount
Realizing the economic needs of the elderly, welfare and differently-abled people of the state, the government has doubled the amount of social security pension from Rs 300 to Rs 600 rupees per month. Similarly, the government has increased the government assistance in the Chief Minister’s Kanya Vivah / Nikah scheme from Rs 28 thousand to Rs 51 thousand, while participating in the concern for the expenses incurred in the marriage of daughters. Abolition of income-limit for this subsidy has also been ended.
The new government of the state has also made the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah / Nikah Yojana girl-friendly. Now out of the total assistance provided for the marriage of girls, Rs 48 thousand are deposited in her account to set up her house and an amount of Rs 3 thousand per girl is provided to the authorized body for organizing mass marriages. Fund for marriage assistance is also being provided for marriages, whether it is mass or single, conducted under various practices prevalent among the tribes in tribal areas. In the year 2019, Rs. 190 crore 15 lakh 84 thousand were provided to 37 thousand 286 beneficiaries under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah Yojana. Similarly, 1605 beneficiaries were benefited under Mukhya Mantri Nikah Yojana.
The government has implemented a system of providing funds to 44 lakh 26 thousand 720 beneficiaries of the state directly in their account under various pension schemes. The scope of social security was expanded to more than four and a half lakh needy in a year. Under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, an increased amount was made available to 15 lakh 69 thousand 627 beneficiaries in the last one year. Pension was issued to 5 lakh 36 thousand 412 under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and under Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension Scheme to 99 thousand 924 beneficiaries. Integrated Social Security Pension is being provided to 20 lakh 91 thousand 573 beneficiaries in the state. Similarly, under the Mukhya M antri Kanya Abhibhavak Pension was provided to 55 thousand 260 beneficiaries and 73 thousand 977 needy were provided pension under the retarded / multiple disability financial assistance scheme.
Vivah/Nikah calendar released
Under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah and Nikah Yojana, the state government has released a calendar for the year 2020. Kanya Vivah Yojana will be organized on 30 January – Basant Panchami, 1 February – Narmada Saptami, 26 April – Akshaya Tritiya and 7 May – Vaishakhi Purnima. The programmes of Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana will also be held on 1 June – Ganga Dussehra, 29 June – Bhadli Navami, 25 November – Tulsi Vivah – Dev Uthni Ekadashi, 11 December – Utpanna Ekadashi and 19 December – Vivah Panchami. Programmes will be organized on 5 January, 9 February, 11 April, 30 May, 29 June, 14 July, 12 October, 9 November and 21 December under Mukhya Mantri Nikah Yojana.
Welfare of the Elderly
The new government is also fully sensitive towards ensuring dignified and respectable living for senior citizens in the state. The state government is constantly making efforts to provide shelter, maintenance, medical examination and treatment to the neglected, destitute and needy old persons and to protect them from depression. 77 old age homes and 83 day-care centres have been started in the state. Approval for construction of 50 seater old buildings in Tikamgarh and Guna was released in the year 2019. Rs. 3 crore 19 lakh was approved for each old age home.
The state government has taken the initiative to ensure its own participation in all functions of social concerns. On the one hand, the government has set an example by participating in the concern of parents for the marriage of their daughters while on the other hand, it has doubled the amount of pension schemes for the elderly and destitute. Now the new government of Madhya Pradesh is playing the role of the head of the family in saving them from loneliness, mental and financial harassment.