NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Friday said it is well aware of the difficulties being faced by beneficiaries of its old age pension scheme and has issued detailed instructions to ensure disbursement of the arrears before Diwali.
South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, "The SDMC has been taking all steps to clear arrears of the beneficiaries. The Corporation has decided to disburse old age pension/financial assistance to eligible beneficiaries for a period of six month, that is from January 2016 to June 2016."
"The Corporation has allocated an amount of Rs 34.94 crore for disbursement of pension to 58,241 eligible beneficiaries in all the four zones," Sehrawat added.
The highest number of beneficiaries is in Central Zone, i.e. 19,153, followed by 15,393 in South Zone, 13,221 in Najafgarh Zone and 10,474 in West Zone.
Deputy Commissioners of the civic body have been requested to compile and furnish the number of existing recipients of financial assistance in each ward under the discretionary quota of Mayor, Chairman of Standing Committee, Leader of House and Leader of Opposition separately.
In another development, the Corporation adopted a resolution moved by the Leader of House to include private commercial buildings situated on commercial roads in the civic body's new 2017 advertising policy.