PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Monday announced in the territorial Assembly that those who are 100-years-old and above, would be extended monthly assistance of Rs 7,000.
Replying to a question by DMK Leader of Opposition R Siva during Question Hour, the Chief Minister said there were very few centenarians in the Union Territory and they would get the assistance.
“There are only seven persons who have turned 100 and they would get the assistance through the Department of Women and Child Development which is now tasked with the implementation of old age pension,” he said.
Besides, Chief Minister Rangasamy also said the territorial government would hike the assistance from Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 a month to the senior citizens in the age group of 95 years and 100 years.
He said as many as 15,000 applications received under different categories seeking monthly assistance for elderly persons would be approved soon and these additional beneficiaries would get assistance in a month’s time.