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Beneficiaries return pension money back to State government in protest (thehindu)

They are demanding that the govt. increase it to Rs. 2,000 from Rs. 500

To demand that the State government increase monthly pension under old age, widow, Devadasi and disabled schemes, several beneficiaries, most of them women, sent Rs. 500 back to the government when they received it through money order in Raichur on Friday.
Members of the Rashtriya Pension Parishat and several beneficiaries were standing in a queue at a post office branch in the city to send back the pension amount of Rs. 500 to government.
They said that the monthly pension amount received by them is very little. Their demand to increase pension from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2,000 per month remained unattended due to the negligence of the government.
Monthly pension for the beneficiaries in other States had been increased at a time when the salary of government servants was increased. But, the State government has still not shown interest in adopting such a move here, they said. Abhaya, Sharanappa Hanumamma, Lachhamma, Durgamma and others were present.

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