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After announcing to jail youths abandoning parents, Nitish brings pension scheme for poor

All poor above 60 years of age will get Rs400 as monthly pension

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PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday launched a pension scheme for poor above 60 years of age in what is believed to an attempt to firm up his grip further over the common masses ahead of the next year’s assembly polls in the state.

Under this scheme, the poor villagers above 60 years of age will get a monthly pension of Rs400 while those above 80 years will be getting Rs500 as monthly pension.

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However, the retired government employees will not be entitled for this facility.

According to an official estimate, the scheme will benefit some 35 to 36 lakh (roughly about 3.5 million to 3.6 million) people in Bihar.

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“Our initiative will bring respect to the old in the family and help meet their certain demands,” chief minister Nitish Kumar said, launching the scheme on Friday.

The new scheme comes barely days after the Bihar government cleared a proposal from his cabinet to jail those who are found guilty of abandoning their elderly parents and not taking care of them.

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