Rs 112 crore transferred to accounts of 2.64 lakh workers in Bihar

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday electronically transferred Rs 100 million as medical assistance in the bank accounts of 2.64 lakh of registered workers participating in the unorganized sector in the state.

It was performed at a function organized by the state labor resources department here to celebrate the pension week that began on November 30. The occasion was also used to promote Pradhan Mantri Shramyogi Maandhan (PMSM) and other national schemes.

The Center deposits the same amount of premium deposited by the beneficiary under the PMSM insurance scheme intended to benefit workers, merchants and independent workers in the unorganized sector. Modi said the state would pay the premium of the beneficiaries in question for five years.

The PMSM plan, launched in February 2019, is to provide a minimum insured pension of Rs3,000 per month to each subscriber at 60-year-old crosses. People between 18 and 60 have the right to join the plan. According to its provisions, a person of 18 years and working in an unorganized sector can make a monthly contribution of Rs 55 each month and the Center will pay an equal amount.

The sprouts were also distributed on the occasion. The minister of the labor resources department, Vijay Kumar Singh, and the department's additional chief secretary, Sudhir Kumar, the labor commissioner Dharmendra Singh, the mayor of Patna, Sita Sahu, the chief boiler inspector Kailash Prasad Singh and the chief inspector Sanjay Kumar Dwivedi factories were also present.

Modi said 2.90 million crore beneficiaries are enrolled in the Atal Pension, PM Suraksha Bima and Jeevan Jyoti Bima plans in the state. More than 17 lakh people are registered only under the Atal pension scheme. Up to 5,278 people have received Rs2 lakh each for the death of their relatives in accidents. While 10,000 million rupees have been deposited in 4.55 million bank accounts under Jandhan Yojana, the banks have granted loans of small amounts worth Rs 298 million to 26 lakh people.

He said Rs2,231 million rupees were disbursed among the 59.73 lakh of elderly people, widows and persons with disabilities during the 2017-18 fiscal year under social security schemes, while Rs2,980 million rupees were distributed between 63.34 lakh of beneficiaries under the same schemes in 2018-19. In addition, the state government also decided to pay a monthly pension of Rs 400 of its own resources to those excluded from the central social security systems and 16 lakh people have so far requested it, he said.