Court moved for pensions to widows, poor women

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the city government on a PIL seeking direction for release of pensions for widows and divorced or destitute women, pending for last 11 months.

A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice V.K. Jain also asked the Delhi government’s department of women and child development to file a detailed status report within two months and posted the matter for May 29.
The PIL said that the Delhi government had started pension schemes for widows to provide social security by way of financial assistance and to perform marriage of their daughters. However, the amount has not been released despite the lapse of 10 to 11 months after submission of applications for pension scheme.
“We direct department of women and child development to file a detailed status report explaining number of applications received by it seeking pension, how many applications has been rejected by it, and also the reason of rejection,” the bench said.
The plea filed by NGO Delhi Anusuchit Jati Vikas Sangathan, through advocate Lalit Kumar, said: “A pension scheme to provide social security by way of financial assistance for widows in the age group of 18 to below 60 years, has been started by the Delhi government in 2007 for the residents of Delhi and who are without adequate means of subsistence. A pension to be paid quarterly Rs. 1,500 per month per head through ECS RBI…”
“There is another scheme being implemented by Delhi government in the year 1997-1998 to provide financial assistance of Rs.30,000 to the poor widows for performing marriage of their daughters and also to orphan girls for their marriage,” the PIL added.
Lalit Kumar told the court that applications for release of pension was to be made at least 60 days before or after the date of marriage, but after the lapse of 10 to 11 months the amount has not been sanctioned by the government.