There is a scheme of pension in Odisha, under which earlier people used to transfer money directly to the bank itself, but now the same money will be given in cash, that is, cash.
Many such schemes have been implemented in the country that people get direct benefits in their bank accounts, that is, the facility of direct bank transfer has expanded a lot. Now when this practice is being followed in most of the states, at that time Odisha has taken a decision which Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is considering as ‘regressive’.
Why did Odisha take such a decision?
Actually, there is a scheme of pension in Odisha, under which earlier people used to transfer money directly to the bank, but now the same money will be given in cash, that is, cash. The government argues that many people were not able to withdraw their money from the bank, facing various technical challenges, that is why the state government has now decided to switch to cash.
Which pension scheme is running in the state?
For information, let us tell you that Madhu Babu Pension Yojana is running in Odisha for many years. It was started by the state government in the year 2008. Through this scheme, there was talk of giving pension to those people above the age of 60 who were below the poverty line. On the other hand, Divyang, widow and transgender get the benefit of this scheme at any age. Now people in the age group of 60 to 79 are given Rs 500 a month, while those above 80 years get Rs 700.
How many have been helped by DBT?
Presently 28.5 lakh people were getting the benefit of this scheme through DBT only, but now it has been decided to change the process completely. Pension money will be given in cash to the people on the 15th of every month. It is important to understand here that the banking facility is not very strong in Odisha, there are many gram panchayats where there is still no bank, in such a situation, the government was facing many challenges in transferring money.
Dharmendra Pradhan’s attack on the state government
Now the state government has given its arguments, but Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has criticized this decision. According to him, this decision can once again strengthen the roots of corruption. He said that the state government should think again on this decision, when efforts are being made to move towards corruption-free governance, such decisions prove to be retrograde.