February 28, 2015

Odisha Channel Bureau New Delhi, Feb 28: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely presenting the Union Budget 2015-16, here today said that a large proportion of India’s population is without insurance of any kind – health, accidental or life worryingly, as our young population ages, it is also going to be pension-less.jaitleyEncouraged by the success of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the Finance Minister proposed to work towards creating a universal social security system (USSS) for all Indians, specially the poor and the under-privileged.Jaitley said that soon Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana will be launched to cover accidental death risk of Rs.2 lakh for a premium of just Rs.12 per year.Similarly, we will also launch the Atal Pension Yojana, which will provide a defined pension, depending on the contribution, and its period.To encourage people to join this scheme, the Government will contribute 50% of the beneficiaries’ premium limited to Rs.1,000 each year, for five years, in the new accounts opened before 31st December, 2015.The Finance Minister further said that the third Social Security Scheme that is to announce is the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana which covers both natural and accidental death risk of Rs.2 lakhs.The premium will be Rs.330 per year, or less than one rupee per day, for the age group 18-50.Jaitley said that there are unclaimed deposits of about Rs.3,000 crore in the PPF, and approximately Rs.6,000 crore in the EPF corpus.The Finance Minister proposed the creation of a Senior Citizen Welfare Fund, in the Finance Bill, for appropriation of these amounts to a corpus which will be used to subsidize the premiums of vulnerable groups such as old age pensioners, BPL card-holders, small and marginal farmers and others.Shri Jaitley informed that a detailed scheme would be issued in March. The Finance Minister further said that special regard needs to be paid to the population of senior citizens in the country which is now approximately 10.5 crore, out of which over one crore are above the age of 80 years.70% live in rural areas and a large number are in the BPL category.A sizable percentage of them also suffer from age related disabilities.The Finance Minister proposed a new scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted Living Devices for senior citizens, living below the poverty line.Jaitley said that in sum, these social security schemes reflect our commitment to utilize the Jan Dhan platform, to ensure that no Indian citizen will have to worry about illness, accidents, or penury in old age.Being sensitive to the needs of the poor, under-privileged and the disadvantaged, my Government also remains committed to the ongoing welfare schemes for the SCs, STs and Women.Despite serious constraints on Union finances, allocations made this year are as follows: SC Rs.30,851 crore ST Rs.19,980 crore Women Rs.79,258 crore The Minister announced an integrated education and livelihood scheme called ‘Nai Manzil’ will be launched this year to enable Minority Youth who do not have a formal school-leaving certificate to obtain one and find better employment.Further, to showcase civilization and culture of the Parsis, the Government will support, in 2015-16, an exhibition, ‘The Everlasting Flame’.

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