Former Haryana chief minister and leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday alleged that the government is going ahead with the policy of ending pension of the elderly.
He strongly criticized the government for stopping the pension of the elderly, widow and handicapped people saying that they have not yet received the pension for the month of December last year and January this year.
Hooda said the parties which came to power by promising a pension of Rs 5,100 are now continuously deducting the pension. The pension of thousands of elderly people has been cut so far by linking the pension with the family ID and the government is planning to cut the pensions of thousands more.
“The government is cutting down of pension for the elderly and delay in payment, shows the apathy of the government towards this welfare scheme. Making them wait for their pension is disrespect to the elderly,” he said.
Hooda said that pension for the elderly is their support in old age. “Imposing family identity cards and unnecessary economic parameters on this is a disrespect to the elderly. The government should stop the policy of delay in deduction and payment of pension. If this government does not do this, the pension of all persons impacted by government cuts, will be restored and increased as per the promise when we form the government,” he said.