Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu announces Rs 1,000 increase in old age pensions

Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu announces Rs 1,000 increase in old age pensions


Chandrababu Naidu has announced an increase of Rs 1,000 in old age pensions. This major announcement comes in a year when Andhra Pradesh will hold two elections — the general election due by May and a state assembly election. 

Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu announces Rs 1,000 increase in old age pensions

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The increase is from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000
  • Move to benefit more than 5 million people
  • Comes into effect in January 2019

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has announced an increase of Rs 1,000 in old age pensions, starting in January 2019.

The increase is from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 — a move that will benefit as many as 5.4 million pensioners.

This major announcement comes in a year when Andhra Pradesh will hold two elections — the general election due by May and a state assembly election.

When Chandrababu Naidu came to power in 2014, he increased the old age pension from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000.

Now — at Rs 2,000 — it’s ten times the first amount.

Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) walked out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance last year, frustrated by Andhra Pradesh’s long wait for Special Category Status.

Ram Madhav, a senior BJP leader, said at the India Today South Conclave that the TDP had been “a great disappointment” to the people of Andhra Pradesh, and that Chandrababu Naidu had invoked a “tamasha” to hide his own failures.

The TDP joined hands with the Congress in the recent Telangana state election, but the “mahakutami” alliance fared poorly.

The Congress and the TDP are former rivals. Chandrababu Naidu has spoken of a “democratic compulsion”, and said those who want to protect democracy have to come together.

NOW, A QUICK RECAP: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has increased old age pensions from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 — a move that comes in a crucial election year. Andhra voters will not only elect MPs to Parliament, but also MLAs to the state assembly.

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