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Opposition flays ‘pruning’ of pension list in Punjab

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Chandigarh, July 21

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday condemned the Congress government for striking off 70,000 beneficiaries from the old-age pension list and termed it as an "anti-human" step during the pandemic. It demanded immediate withdrawal of the decision.

In a statement here, former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shocking that the Congress government had struck off 70,000 aged persons from the old-age pension list. He said the sole reason for doing this was that it did not want to increase the outlay under the scheme after raising the pension by Rs 200 per month.

AAP core committee chief Principal Budh Ram and MLA Aman Arora said such decisions were untimely and absurd amid the pandemic. They said instead of increasing pension to Rs 2,500, the government was finding faults with the eligible pensioners. — TNS



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