Samajwadi Pension Yojana is one of the pension schemes launched by the Government of Uttar Pradesh to encourage savings among people living below the poverty line and provide them financial assistance. The scheme is also known as Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Pension Yojana which was launched on 28th February, 2014. The new pension scheme aims at providing financial assistance to nearly 40 lakhs rural people. Who are eligible for Samajwadi Pension Yojana? The eligibility criteria for Samajwadi Pension Yojona include:
- Any family living below the poverty line can apply for this scheme.
- The family should be based in Uttar Pradesh.
- A valid proof of residence in Uttar Pradesh is required.
- The main beneficiary should have a bank account either with SBI or any other nationalized banks.
- Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility conditions, there are some additional terms and conditions a family needs to fulfill in order to be eligible for this scheme which include:
- If a family has children falling in the age group of 6 to 14 years, those children must be enrolled in any government school so as to avail the benefit of Samajwadi Pension Yojana.
- Children should have minimum 70% attendance at school every month. Attendance will be tracked on daily basis via SMS.
- The beneficiaries who enjoy the benefits of this scheme should get enrolled in Rashtriya Saksharta Mission. They need to be educated, if they are illiterate.
- Children below the age 5 years need to be vaccinated regularly at government hospitals. Children must participate in medical tests held in School at a gap of 6 months.
- Birth of a child should take place in government hospitals. Mothers should be hospitalized for delivery at the government hospital.
These additional conditions of children going to school regularly is a smart move by the government to encourage education as many children are pulled out of school and turned into workforce to feed the family. Chief Minister Sri Akhilesh yadav has directed officers to identify poor eligible families in both urban and rural areas, who have been deprived of the benefits of the scheme. Such eligible families would be assimilated in the scheme. As per the new directives of the CM, such poor families would be identified who were not included in any other state or central government-run pension scheme.
The high point of this graft free scheme is that the amount of the pension is directly transferred to the bank account of the beneficiary. This scheme has also rung in economic independence for poor women and has enhanced their honour and respect. The Samajwadi Pension Scheme is successfully providing monthly pension to 55lakh women, as of Spetember, 2016.