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Social security scheme for farm workers

Tuesday 16 August 2005

Special Correspondent

51 lakh small and marginal ryots can also avail themselves of the benefits

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a social security scheme for 86 lakh farm workers and 51 lakh small and marginal farmers.

The Government will incur an additional expenditure of Rs.250 crores on account of the Chief Minister’s Farmers Security Scheme."

After unfurling the national flag on the ramparts of Fort St.George on Independence Day and taking salute at the guard of honour presented by police contingents, Ms. Jayalalithaa highlighted Government schemes in the education and health sectors and of supplying potable water to rural and urban habitations.

The Government decided to introduce the social security scheme for farm workers as a similar programme announced by the previous Government in February 2001, to enable farm workers to avail themselves of the benefits by remitting Rs. 100 as one-time payment, did not evoke good response. Only 7.32 lakh persons had registered.

All farm workers and small and marginal farmers in the age group of 18-65 are eligible. The beneficiaries will have to pay Rs.10 membership fee, but the Government will take care of that by earmarking Rs.13.70 crores.

If a beneficiary dies in accident, his kin will get Rs.1 lakh. Those losing limbs in accidents will get up to Rs.1 lakh. In the case of natural death, the kin will get Rs.10,000, besides Rs. 2,500 for funeral expenses. Another component is the assistance extended to the beneficiaries’ children every academic year. The members and their children are eligible for a marriage assistance of Rs.3,000 (men) and Rs.5, 000 (women).

An assistance of Rs.2,000 each will be given to expectant mothers. Farm labourers who have crossed 60 will get Rs.200 as pension every month lifelong.

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