Sukhu says will pay Rs 1,500 a month to women, claims election promise fulfilled

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu launched the initial phase of the scheme meant for all women of Lahaul and Spit aged 18 or above.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu Photo | PTI

CHANDIGARH: The Congress-led Himachal Pradesh government today launched the Indira Gandhi Pyaari Behna Samman Nidhi Yojana that entails Rs 1,500 per month to all women in Lahaul and Spit, fulfilling one of its election guarantees.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu launched the initial phase of the scheme meant for all women of Lahaul and Spit aged 18 or above. “The state government was fulfilling all its guarantees in a phased manner,’’ said Sukhu.

Beginning his speech before the local people by greeting them ‘jule,’ the CM thanked them for their enthusiasm in the chilling -9 degree temperature. Sukhu also announced Rs 1,500 from February 1, to 2.37 lakh women who were receiving a pension of Rs 1,100 in the state. In this way, 2.42 lakh women of the state will receive a pension of Rs 1,500 per month.

“We do what we say. We have come to extend the benefits of the schemes to the last person standing in the queue and lay the foundation for a self-reliant Himachal,” he said.

He announced that the schools will remain closed in Lahaul Spiti in winters and the session would be held in summers. He also announced opening of block development office in Udaipur, Rajiv Gandhi Day Boarding School in Darcha, and the commencement of a sewerage and water drainage scheme for Keylong.

Sukhu further stated that the government was committed to fulfill all of its guarantees in a phased manner. “The state government has restored the OPS despite many restrictions imposed by the Central government, so that government employees live with dignity after retirement. “As soon as the BJP government was formed in Rajasthan, the OPS scheme was withdrawn,” he said.

He said that Himachal Pradesh would become the first state in the country to increase the age of marriage for girls from 18 years to 21 years.

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