Bhubaneswar: The state government on Saturday enhanced winter allowance of pension beneficiaries under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) to Rs 300 from the existing Rs 200.
In a letter, Director of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department director Susanta Mohapatra directed the district collectors to disburse the revised allowance to the beneficiaries from February itself.
“Government have been pleased to enhance the rate of Winter Allowance from Rs.200/-to Rs.300/- each for all pension beneficiaries under NSAP and MEPY to be paid in February-2019,” the letter said.
They have asked to use funds from existing balances for the disbursement of Winter Allowance at the enhanced rate along with the regular pension. “Funds at the enhanced rate will be released shortly,” the letter added.
The collectors have also been asked to make the pensioners aware of their entitlement and bring it to the knowledge of all elected representatives.