UP govt hikes old age pension of 4 mn people

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UP govt hikes old age pension of 4 mn people

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 | PNS | Lucknow

The pension of over 4 million people in the age group 60 to 79 years has been hiked and they will receive Rs 500 per month from the existing Rs 400 per month. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday.

Briefing media persons, state government spokesperson Srikant Sharma said that presently people who were aged above 80 years are already getting Rs 500 per month pension. “The new hiked pension will benefit around  44.21 lakh people in the state besides 7 lakh would be added more whose eligibility are under process,” the spokesman said.

The Rs 100 hike will be enforced from January 2019 and the government will have to bear an additional financial burden of Rs 106.84 crore from January 2019 to March 2019. Besides in the entire fiscal of 2019-20, the government will have an additional burden of Rs 480 crore due to this hike.

There is good news for tipplers. The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give approval to pubs, hotels and restaurants to brew fresh beer bringing them at par with hotels of Bengaluru and Maharashtra.

In another important decision, the government has allowed licence for fresh beer to be sold in retail through pubs, restaurants and hotels. “Micro breweries will be set up for brewing the fresh beer similar to Karnataka and some other selected states for which the Act would be amended,” the government spokesman said.

The licence for the fresh beer will be Rs 2.5 lakh per year that was earlier Rs 25,000 and 600 litres of beer can be brewed per day with 2.10 lakh litres in a year by any licence holder. The government has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 per day for violation of the Act.

The spokesperson said that this fresh beer project will not only generate jobs but also revenue for the state.

In another decision, the government has approved demolition of 76 dilapidated government quarters in Rae Bareli for the construction of AIIMS. The Cabinet has also approved a proposal to increase the maximum age limit for resident doctors in SGPGI from existing 35 years to 37 years.

In yet another decision, the state government has amended its rule for the appointment of assistant teachers in government schools according to which BEd will be recognised along with BTC. 

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