SOCIAL SECURITY PENSION SCHEME GUIDLINES IN Telangana




Social Security Pension Scheme in Telangana | Aasara Pension Scheme from Govt Telangana State | Implementation of Aasara Social Security Pension Scheme by Govt of Telangana | Aasara Pension Scheme for Oldage, Infirm, Widows, Weavers , Toddy tappers and HIV-AIDS Patients.

Guidlines:
Eligible Criterea
Age
S.no
Type of
Eligibility
Requirements during Verification

Pension







1
Old Age
Age 65 years and
• Age should be as per age


above.
criteria given above




• Should
be established



clearly
by
documentary



evidence
such
as
birth



certificate,
electoral
roll,



Aadhaar
card
or
any



document which shows the



proof of age.





• If no document is available



for the proof of age, the



verification
officer must be



able to arrive through a



rational assessment of the



age
by
corroborating
with



other factors such as age of



children,

grandchildren’s



marriage etc.





• In case of indeterminate



persons,
they
shall
be



referred
to
Medical Board



for
assessment
of
age



through
tests
such
as



ossification
and
recorded



documentation of the same
2
Weavers
Age 50 years and











above.













3
Widow
1. Age
18

years
For
widow
pensions,
the



and above.


death certificate of

the



2. Death




spouse is a must to be



certificate of her

eligible.








husband.


Where the death certificate



3. Every

year

is not available a local



updation on re-

enquiry
may
be
made



marriage

for

following
which
the
death



young
widows

certificate as per the birth



(up to 45 Years)

and
death
registration
act









will have to be obtained in









the next three months. In









case
of
remarriage,
the









Village
Secretaries
must









certify every year that the









individual
has

not









remarried.





4
Toddy
Age 50 years and
For Toddy tapper pensions


Tappers
above.





the
verification
should
be









confirmed
whether

the









beneficiary
is a
registered









member in the Co-









Operative Society of Toddy









Tappers.






5
Pension to
Who


are
• Medical certificate from the

persons
undergoing

Anti

concerned
hospital
that
the

with HIV-
Retroviral Therapy

applicant is a person with HIV-

AIDS
(ART).





AIDS







(ART





List
of
names
can
also
be

pension)






obtained from the ART Centre








duly certified by the authority








heading the center



6
Differently
1. Irrespective
of
For
disability
pensions,


Abled
age.





persons with a SADAREM


(persons
2. Disabled




certificate
showing

the


with
persons
having

degree
of
disability
40%


disabilities)
a minimum
of

and above are eligible.




40%
disability
In
case
of
Hearing



under




impaired,
the
minimum



SADAREM


disability should be 51%.




assessment.












3. In
case

of











Hearing














Impaired,

the











minimum













disability should











be 51% (as per











G.O.Ms No. 31











dt. 01-12-2009).











(In
case
of
a











minor child,
the











pension

shall











be disbursed to











the















mother/father of











the
disabled











child)












B.Socio - economic criteria: 
Aasara pensions are meant only for disadvantaged families who, in old age or upon being widowed have no earning member in the family. Earning members in the families are expected by law to look after their parents. Similarly, persons with disabilities are severely stymied by their levels of handicap that renders them to be ineffective and excluded by society and family; therefore, they need financial support. Accordingly, there is a need for exclusion and inclusion criterion to be taken in to consideration for the grant of social security pensions under the Aasara Scheme. The persons belonging to the households fulfilling one or more of the following conditions listed below shall not be eligible for Social Security
Pensions:
i.Having land more than 3.0 acres wet / irrigated dry or 7.5 acres dry.
ii.Having children who are Government / Public sector / Private sector employment / Out-sourced / contract;
iii.Having children who are Doctors, Contractors, Professionals and Self employed;
iv.Having large business Enterprise (oil mills, rice mills, petrol pumps, rig owners, shop owners etc.);
v.Already receiving Government pensions or freedom fighter pensions;
vi.Owners of light and/or heavy automobiles (four wheelers and big vehicles.)
vii.Any other criterion in which the verification officer may assess by the manner of lifestyle, occupation and possession of assets rendering the household as ineligible.
C.The households under the following socio-economic criteria and falling in the above age group must be considered for inclusion and hence, eligible for a pension, provided they are not in the exclusion list:
i.Primitive and Vulnerable Tribal Groups;
ii.Women headed households with no able bodied earning members;
iii.Households having persons with disabilities;
iv.In respect of all pensions except disabled and widows, only one member (preferably the women) per household shall be eligible for a pension;
v.Landless agriculture laborers, rural artisans/craftsmen (such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters), slum dwellers, persons earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers, hand cart pullers, fruit / flower sellers, snake charmers, rag pickers, cobblers, destitute’s and other similar categories irrespective of rural or urban areas;
vi.Homeless, houseless households residing in temporary informal establishments or huts especially in urban areas;
vii.Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons/disabled persons /persons aged 65 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support and able bodied earning member.
Care should be taken not to miss out on any eligible person from the poorest of poor households like those who are living in thatched / plastic roof huts, landless and asset less poor living on daily wages and subsistence levels.
 Requirements for the Sanction of a Pension:
 Each pensioner will have to submit the following documents for sanction of a pension:
i.The applicant should be eligible as per the guidelines given above in para II
ii.Photograph
iii.Aadhaar number – (If Aadhaar number is not available they shall secure one in the next three months)
iv.Savings Bank account number and IFSC code either from a bank or local post office
v.Age certificate
vi.Death certificate in case of widows. (Where death certificate is not available the Panchayat Secretary shall conduct a detailed enquiry and submit a report. However, the death certificate shall be obtained in the next three months and uploaded in the online system.
vii.SADAREM Certificate in case of persons with disabilities 40% or above and 51% in respect of the hearing impaired
Identification of eligible pensioners: 
verification of the applications will be done by the Gram Panchayat or the respective municipal/Deputy Commissioner of the GHMC.
i.The Gram Panchayat Secretary / Village Revenue Officer in the rural area and Bill Collector in Urban area will receive applications;
ii.The Gram Panchayat Secretary in rural areas and the Bill Collector in the Urban areas will be entrusted with the task of verifying these applications and certifying them;
iii.The designated Mandal Parishad Development Officer / Municipal Commissioner/ Deputy/Zonal Commissioner Officer shall scrutinize the verified applications to assess their eligibility and sanction them a pension based on the guidelines given time to time by the Government.
iv.While identifying beneficiaries as listed in para C above, the data as per the household survey, the census population figures & percentages for old age, widows and handicapped shall be kept in mind for each Panchayat, mandal, and municipality, besides ensuring equity among the various social categories such as SC, ST, BC and OC communities.
v.Wrongful identification and certification of beneficiaries if identified in the social audit or surprise verification of beneficiaries will be severely dealt with and disciplinary action initiated on all concerned besides recovery of the amount paid. These shall include wrongful certificates issued under SADAREM in respect of persons with disabilities.
Sanction of pensions and Issue of Pension Card
After verification reports have been submitted by the verification officers, the MPDOs in rural areas, Tahsildars (Hyderabad district) / Municipal Commissioners in urban areas and Dy. Commissioners in GHMC areas shall:
i.Broadly assess the recommendation reports and correlate the same with the SKS survey data (exclusion and inclusion criterion) and the census figures assessed and allocated for each mandal by the District Collector for old age, widows and handicapped persons for the mandal.
ii.MPDO’s shall ensure that the poorest of the poor are identified from amongst the verified list covering all social categories such as the SC, ST, BC and OC communities and are strictly covered in that order. Adequate care should be taken that no eligible beneficiary is left out.
iii.After satisfying the above criterion, the MPDO/ Municipal Commissioner/ Deputy Commissioner of the GHMC concerned shall enter the data in the Aasara software, specially designed for this purpose and submit the same online to the District Collector for according administrative sanction (all process will be completed online)
iv.After final approval by the District Collector, MPDO’s shall ensure that Aasara Pension cards are distributed for the relevant category by affixing the photo of the beneficiary. Necessary arrangements shall be made to ensure that the details are printed on the card through the Aasara Software.
v.The GPs should necessarily maintain an A Register and a B Register, specifying the existing pensioners and those who are eligible but have not been considered for a pension. As and when there is a vacancy and a person can be accommodated, the person who is accommodated first should be considered based on the following criteria- oldest among those listed, SC/ST, landless with a preference to women, especially deserted women in all categories. The same should also be available online to ensure that the eligibility process has been scrupulously followed.
Aadhaar Seeding: All payment’s for pensions shall be disbursed only biometrically subject to the following:
i.Where Aadhaar number is available for a beneficiary, they shall be immediately seeded for enabling biometric authentication based payment through the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS);
ii.Where beneficiaries do not have an Aadhaar number they shall secure one with the help of the local administration and furnish the Aadhaar number by 31-01- 2015. From 1st February, 2015 payments can be effected only through biometric authentication;
iii.The disbursement of pensions shall be made through biometric authentication using Aadhaar number. For this purpose, either the best finger detection (BFD) or IRIS authentication may be used to effect payments;
iv.In rare cases such as those who are bedridden, or upper extremities are affected badly, the pensions shall be disbursed by Gram Panchayat secretary /Bill Collector using his own biometrics, however this shall be done only in rare cases and all such cases should be cleared by a competent higher authority;
Release of Amounts for disbursal of pensions:
MPDO’s will have to forward the details of all beneficiaries selected, online to SERP for release of the amount to the Districts for disbursement as follows:
i.Centralized acquittances’ along with proceedings shall be generated in the software at the state level and placed in the web for seeking approval on the proceedings by the District Collector through the Project Director, DRDA;
ii.The Project Director, DRDA shall take the approval of the District Collector on physical file and upload the file in the Aasara Software;
iii.Fund Transfer Request shall be generated by SERP and the Fund Transfer Order generated automatically will transfer the funds electronically to the Disbursing Agencies from the SSP State Nodal Account operated by the Chief Executive Officer, SERP
iv.The MPDOs / Tahsildars (Hyderabad district) shall download the acquittances from the logins provided to them and take printouts to handover to the Disbursing Agencies;
v.The pensions shall be disbursed at GP / disbursing point level by the Customer Service Provider (CSP) in the areas covered by the disbursing agencies;
vi.The signed acquittances shall be returned to the MPDO / Tahsildars (Hyderabad district) by the Disbursing Agencies;.
vii.In cases where there is a change of pensioner status such as death of a pensioner, widow who is remarried and change in disability status, the same shall be reported by the Customer Service Provider (CSP)/ Branch Post Master (BPM)/Gram Panchayat Secretary (GPS) every month. The MPDO shall be responsible for deleting these names on an immediate basis;
 Disbursal of Pensions
Each pensioner shall have a bank account into which the amount shall be remitted.
i.In larger municipalities where ATM facilities are abundant, the pensions may be remitted in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries to enable them to draw using ATM cards;.
ii.In rural areas where banks exist, the pension can be deposited in the local banks or the post offices and shall be disbursed through biometric authentication either using the best finger detection or the iris scan. For this purpose, each pensioner will have to be registered in the biometric device for disbursal through biometric authentication;
iii.As far as possible, the disbursement of pensions should be done in a public place such as the school building or the Gram Panchayat Building;
Disbursement Cycle
The monthly disbursement cycle of Social Security pensions shall be followed as given below without fail, so that the poor receive the pension amount on a fixed day every month.i.
Activity
Schedule Date


Disbursement of pensions
1st to 7th of every
month

Sharing of disbursement data through bio-metric / IRIS
Direct hitting on
authentication to SSP server by the pension Disbursing
real time basis
Agencies

Return of the signed acquaintance’s by the pension Disbursing
9th
Agencies to the MPDO / Municipal Commissioners

Remittance of the undisbursed amount from Pension
9th
Disbursing Agency (PDA) directly to State Nodal Account
(SNA)

Generation of acquittances for the subsequent month
16th to 21st
Approval of proceedings by District Collector
22nd / 23rd
Request for Fund Transfer by Project Director, DRDA on
Same day
securing the approval of the District Collector
(22nd / 23rd)
Approval of Fund Transfer Request (FTR) by the SERP after
23rd /24th
securing the approval of District Collector

Funds for disbursement of pensions to be reached to the
25th
concerned PDAs from the SNA

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