Disabled people demand increased pensions, picket government offices in Tamil Nadu – The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Members of the Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Disabled and Caregivers (TARATDAC) organized a picket line on Tuesday December 14, 2021 in state government offices, demanding a increase in the monthly pension for disabled people from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000. Protesters said their demands on the previous government had fallen on deaf ears and that the DMK, during its election campaign, had promised to increase the pension.
TARATDAC members picketed 117 government buildings, including the offices of the Tahsildar, Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) and Tax Collector. S Namburajan, State Secretary of TARATAC, said that there were around 5.20 lakh of people receiving state disability pension.
Of these, 3,586 are disabled people who receive Rs 1,000 per month. Another 1,964,144, including people with intellectual disabilities, muscle disorientation, leprosy and Parkinson’s disease, receive Rs 1,500 per month. In Chennai, protests took place in Kolathur, Thiruvottiyur, Egmore, Guindy and Tambaram, where around 500 people were detained by police in wedding halls and then released.
TARATDAC President Jansi Rani told TNIE that the pension has not been revised in the past ten years and demands made to the previous government have gone unheeded. “We are asking for a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 per month for the disabled and Rs 5,000 per month for the severely disabled. The DMK, during its electoral campaign, had promised to increase our pensions by Rs 500 “, she declared.
Notably, Telangana gives Rs 3,016 per month as a pension to disabled people, Andhra Pradesh Rs 3,000 and Puducherry Rs 3,800. “When we demonstrated in 2020, the DMK supported us and promised an increase in the amount of pensions. he was coming to power. We thought that the increase would be made during the first financial review or on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3; but we were disappointed, ”said S Namburajan, who was detained with his comrades in Thanjavur.
H Gunasekaran, a member of the association who demonstrated from his tricycle in front of the taluk office in Thiruvottiyur, said it was difficult to lead a decent life with the money provided by the government, given that the prices of products basic necessities have skyrocketed.
About 1 96 144 people with intellectual disabilities, muscular disorientation, leprosy and Parkinson’s disease receive only Rs 1,500 in monthly pension.