Minister for Social Welfare Sudin Dhavalikar informed the Legislative Assembly in a written reply that pension under the Dayanand Social Security Scheme has been stopped to 18,341 persons who were found not eligible for it.
However, the amount of money they received till it was stopped and what steps the government will take to recover this amount is not revealed in the written answer.
According to the minister as on date, 1,13,014 persons are receiving pension which include 77,235 senior citizens, 28,055 widows, 7667 handicapped and 57 unmarried.
Those whose pension has been stopped include deceased persons, people receiving pension at two different places, those already receiving pension from the Department of Art & Culture, retired government servants and some who have voluntarily surrendered the pension.
Further, he said that currently 5,101 applications are pending with the department for sanction and these include applications from 4,485 senior citizens, 463 widows and 153 handicapped persons.
It may be recalled that in addition to these categories, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in his budget speech has also announced a scheme for those working in the un-organised sector who will be eligible for pension from the next financial year.