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Social welfare department clarifies NPCC’s allegation
DIMAPUR, NOV 4 (NPN):
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Published on 5 Nov. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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Rejecting NPCC’s allegations of swindling over Rs.2.8 crore from Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) funds meant for old aged citizens, the state department of social welfare Thursday said the charges were “baseless and unfounded”.
The director of social welfare department, clarifying the “factual position” of the programme, said that during 2007-08, against total fund requirement of Rs.733.27 lakh under various components of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) such as IGNOAPS and National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS), the department was provided only Rs.526 lakh. Again during 2008-09, the director said against total fund requirement of Rs.753.94 lakh, under various component of NSAP such as IGNOAPS, Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and NFBS, only Rs.659.25 lakh was provided.
In view of this, the department said it could release old age pension for nine months only, during 2007-08 and ten months, during 2008-09.
On NPCC’s charges over amount drawn in March 2010 for 2009-2010, which has not been released till date, the department said an amount of Rs.691 lakh was kept under civil deposit in March 2010 and released in August 2010, adding it was now under process for payment to the beneficiaries under various components of the NSAP.

 
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