Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vishwas Kailash Sarang transferred the pension amount online to the Kalyani women of the gas tragedy victims at the Directorate of Gas Relief. In a programme organised in the Directorate, pension for five months was transferred from April-2021 at the rate of Rs.1000 per month.
Minister Sarang said that as announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the pension scheme for gas victim Kalyani sisters has been started again. This pension will be in addition to the amount of Rs.600 of social security pension. He said that Kalyani sisters would continue to receive an amount of Rs 1600 throughout the life.
Minister Sarang informed that free treatment is being provided in 6 hospitals of Gas Relief. Along with this, arrangements have been made for free treatment for gas affected people at Hamidia Hospital so that proper treatment can be provided for Corona. He said that the sensitive government started the pension scheme again even after many objections. He told that the government changed the name of Vidhva Colony to Jeevan-Jyoti. A stadium is being built in the colony. Arrangements have been made for Narmada water, road etc.
Minister Sarang flagged off 3 ambulances for Gas Relief Hospital. He also distributed cheques symbolically during the programme. After the programme, meal was served to Kalyani sisters and sweets were offered to them.
Additional Chief Secretary Mohammad Suleman also addressed the programme. Gas Relief Director Basant Kurre and Secretary KK Dubey, Chief Medical and Health Officer Gas Relief Dr. Ravi Shankar Verma were also present.
In the year 2010, the Government of India had approved a pension action plan of Rs 1000 per month for 5 years for the welfare of 5000 Kalyanis of the persons who had died in Bhopal gas tragedy. There was a provision of Rs 30 crore in this action plan. In this, the contribution of the central government was 75 percent and the state government contributed 25 percent. This pension scheme has been started from May 2011. Under the scheme, bank accounts of a total of 2544 Kalyanis of deceased gas victims were opened in Bank of India and a total of 2452 in Union Bank of India, thus a total of 4996 accounts were opened. According to the approved plan, pension was to be paid to the concerned Kalyanis only for 5 years.
The State Government had decided on January 6, 2018 that the Kalyanis who have completed 5 years of pension payment, should be given 2 years of additional pension. On completion of 7 years in August-2021, the accounts of 4474 Kalyani women were closed. In these 7 years, the pension amount was arranged in the earlier approved amount from the principal amount of Rs 3 thousand crore and the amount of Rs 13,30,25,948 available as interest. In this way, pension was paid out of total amount of Rs 43,30,25,948 including principal amount and interest for 7 years. At present the balance amount is Rs 4,04,08,475.
A total budget provision of Rs. 5 crore 40 lakh has been made in the financial year 2021-22 for providing pension at the rate of Rs. 1000 per month on the basis of 4500 gas victims.
Out of 5000 eligible registered Kalyanis, the pension of 3699 has stopped after completion of 7 years and 288 have died. At present, 154 Kalyanis who have not completed 7 years are being paid pension on the basis of Rs 1000 per month. Now the pension of Rs 1000 per month is being paid in the account of 4558 Kalyanis from the month of April-2021.