7 months on, Haryana starts pension for cancer patients

Stage III And IV Patients To Get Monthly Pension of rs.2,500

Chandigarh: Seven months after the chief minister’s announcement, the Haryana government on Friday finally announced to have started the disbursal of pension schemes for the cancer patients of the state.

Cancer patients suffering from Stage III and IV of the ailment will now start get ting a monthly pension of Rs 2,500 for which a separate budgetary provision of Rs 68.42 crore has been made by the state government.

Earlier, in terms of giving monthly pension to cancer patients, Tripura was the only state in the country that has been giving monthly fi nancial assistance of Rs1,000 to Stage-3 cancer patients. The chief minister had announced this pension in May this year.

It was in May this year when the chief minister Ma nohar Lal Khattar, during in teraction with the families of cancer patients, had assured them that the state govern ment will extend every pos sible help to them. He then had informed that this assi stance would be given to those patients whose family’s annual income is up to Rs.3 lakh.

The pension will be transferred directly to bank acco unts through Public Financi al Management System (PFMS).

“In a bid to ensure that the actual beneficiaries get the scheme benefit, the income verification of such patients would be matched with PPP .The beneficiary will get the said benefits till they are alive. Documents verified by the committee of the Civil Surge on Office will have to be uplo aded through Saral Kendra. Applicant must bring ration card, voter card, pan card, passport, bank passbook, telephone, water, electricity or other utility bills with home address or land record documents/Parivar Pehchan Patrato Saral Kendras for necessary verification. ASHA workers will then verify the sur vival certificate of the patient which will be coun ter-signed by the health de partment,” said a statement.

The financial assistance given to cancer victims from the chief minister’s Relief Fund was earlier approved by the CMO. The concerned deputy commissioner then used to forward the matter to the Chief Minister’s Office, which was a time-consuming process. As soon as this mat ter came to the notice of the chief minister, he then had given directions to the Depu ty Commissioner to issue this financial assistance amount at his own level. This amount of up to Rs1 lakh is gi ven at the district level as fi nancial help to the patient.

Showing sympathy to wards these cancer patients, Haryana Government has now decided that if the pati ent is taking advantage of any other type of social security pension or old age pension scheme, then he will also continue to get an additional monthly pension of Rs 2,500.