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Re-verify data, plead widow pensioners

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Muktsar, September 9

Widow pensioners here have claimed that the Department of Social Security and Development of Women and Children have deleted their names from the list of beneficiaries out of "political vendetta". They have sought re-verification for the same. Besides, they claimed that were also sent money recovery notices.

It has been alleged that the department has deleted the names of 7,441 beneficiaries from Muktsar alone.

Manjeet Kaur (68), a widow and resident of Lambi village, said, "My husband passed away in 1999, and I have a death certificate to prove the same. However, the department has removed my name from the list of widow pensioners. It seems to have been done at the behest of some people in the village."

Kamla Rani, a resident of Lambi village, said, "My husband passed away eight years ago, but the department has sent me a recovery notice to repay Rs 30,750. I demand re-verification from the department."

Ranjodh Singh, president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), Lambi block, has demanded a probe into the matter. He said, "Many people have been declared ineligible by the department. The state government should conduct a re-verification before issuing recovery notices. Earlier, a number of blue card holders were declared ineligible."

Gopal Singh, SDM, Malout, said, "Eligible beneficiaries who claim that their names have been removed from the list can come to meet me or give their details for re-verification. However, I believe that their names must have been deleted from the lists of beneficiaries on some ground."

Some officials in the department said the names of the aged women could have been removed on the basis of their yearly income. The pension of Rs 750 per month is given to those who earn less than Rs 60,000 a year, they said. — TNS



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