Pensioners unhappy over fee charged to apply for income certificate

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Edakkad (Kannur): A section of pensioners under Social Security Pension has been baffled by Kerala government’s apparent profit motive behind its income certificate mandate.

As per the government’s new order, submission of income certificate from concerned local body official is mandatory to be eligible for social security pension. This is to ensure that their annual family income is below 1 lakh.

However, for the online application of income certificate, the individuals are being charged a fee of Rs 15. Apart from that service charge is also collected.

The number of beneficiaries under various social pension schemes (senior citizen pension, widow pension, differently-abled pension, farmer pension, unmarried woman pension) totals 52,38,378.

That means, the government will add at least Rs 7.5 crore to its kitty, if 50,000 lakh individuals apply for income certificate.

Many beneficiaries claim that they are poor and taking money for income certificate is not right.

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