Financial crisis: Welfare pensions in Kerala likely to stall in November too

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Thiruvananthapuram: The distribution of welfare pensions is likely to stall this month also due to a dire financial crisis. Welfare pensions are usually approved on the 20th of a month. However, the government has not announced anything regarding this month’s welfare pension. The October check was also withheld. It is the first time in recent years that welfare pensions for two consecutive months have been stopped.

Similar difficulties in distributing pensions are common at the end of a financial year. However, the economic crunch gripped the government way before year-end. The situation is likely to intensify by December.

CPM has opined that pension distribution should be taken up as a political mission. During the tenure of the Oommen Chandy government, welfare pensions remained stalled for months. Pensions began to be disbursed on time after the Pinarayi government came to power. The amount of pension also increased to Rs 1,600 gradually. This had been projected as a major achievement during the election campaign prior to the second term of the Pinarayi government.

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