The Rural Development Ministry has proposed that the monthly pensions of the elderly poor, disabled and widows be increased from the current Rs. 200 to Rs. 800. For the age of 80, the proposal is to increase the pension from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,200 a month.
The Ministry has submitted the proposal, which would have an additional annual cost of Rs. 18,000 crore, to the Finance Ministry to be considered for inclusion in the interim Budget to be presented on February 1.