25th Sep 2023 10:09:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter 

ITANAGAR, Sep 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Divyangjan Beneficiaries Committee (AAPDBC) has announced democratic movement in the form of a sit-in protest (dharna) against the state government on September 29  next here at the Tennis Court. This move comes in response to the state government's failure to address the committee's long-standing demands.
Addressing a press conference held at the Press Club today, Nido Tezi, the Chairman of AAPDBC, expressed the committee's frustration over the government's lack of response to their appeals. Despite making repeated requests to the state government since January earlier this year, their demands related to pension schemes remain unmet. Consequently, the committee feels compelled to resort to protest as a means of seeking a resolution, he added.
Tezi, further emphasized that the committee has continuously brought its concerns to the state government's attention but has not received any response. The protest has been triggered by the government's failure to disburse the pending pension payments owed to the beneficiaries.
He asserted that Divyangjans are entitled to benefits under various schemes, including the Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Family Benefits Scheme, and Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme. However, the Department of Social Justice Empowerment & Tribal Affairs (SJETA) has not effectively and consistently distributed these pension amounts for the past five years.
Tezi reiterated that the department has also failed to provide the utilization certificate (UC) and the list of beneficiaries for the years 2018 to 2022. As a result, the central department did not allocate funds for these schemes.
In response to the committee's demands, SJETA Minister Alo Libang explained that the state government has been fulfilling its obligations to the beneficiaries. However, delays have occurred at the central government level due to technical issues in many districts of the state.
Regarding the utilization certificate (UC), Libang assured that he has instructed SJETA Department officials to investigate and address the matter.

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