Telangana government has launched Aasara Pension Scheme 2023 as a part of its welfare measures and social safety net strategy. This scheme has been launched with a view to ensure secured life with dignity for all the poor. In this article, we will tell you about the Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme 2023 application, rules, status with aadhar card, amount, details.
Aasara Pension Scheme in Telangana Budget 2022-23
Telangana finance minister in the annual budget session for the fiscal year 2022-23 on 7 March 2022 allocated Rs. 11,728 crores to the Aasara Pension Scheme. The state government has increased the pension being given to the elderly, widows, AIDS patients, handloom workers and toddy tappers from Rs. 200 to Rs 2,016 per month; pension to differently-abled was increased from Rs. 500 to Rs 3,016 per month; pension to single women, beedi workers and filarial patients would be Rs. 2,016 per month.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the golden age of welfare is ushered in by the TRS government. The government has reduced the age limit for Aasara pensions from 65 to 57. There was a delay in implementation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is decided that the reduced age limit will be made operational from the next financial year. For Aasara pensions, the government proposes an outlay of Rs. 11,728 crores,” said the minister.
Aasara Pension Scheme Launch
Aasara Pension Scheme was launched by the Telangana government on 8 November 2014 in Kothur in Mahboobnagar district. The welfare scheme provides pensions to old people, widows, patients suffering from elephantiasis, AIDS, physically disabled persons, beedi workers and single women. Earlier the age limit to apply was 65 years. But it was later changed to 57 in the year 2020 resulting in an increased number of beneficiaries.
In October 2019, the government had set up Aasara call centres under the supervision of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao at Khairatabad through which those with grievances could dial the phone numbers and lodge their complaints. The phone numbers were set up for 10 districts. The minister said that it would expand to other districts soon.
The welfare scheme has not had a good run ever since its launch in 2014. Many reports of pensions not being given on time or no pension at all have surfaced in various media reports. Recently on 28 February 2022, around three hundred people protested about the uncoordinated handling of the welfare pension scheme. According to the protestors, many who are eligible for the scheme have been running from pillar to post but in vain.
Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme 2023 Application – Apply Online
Aasara pension scheme is meant to protect the most vulnerable sections of society in particular the old and infirm, people with HIV-AIDS, widows, incapacitated weavers and toddy tappers, who have lost their means of livelihood with growing age, in order to support their day to day minimum needs required to lead a life of dignity and social security. Below is the complete process to apply online for Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme:-
- Firstly visit the official website at aasara.telangana.gov.in
- At the homepage, concerned officials can make login using the username and password as shown below:-
- Upon making login, the concerned authorities can fill the Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme application form to enroll persons for pension scheme.
Track Telangana Aasara Pension Status
People can track Telangana Aasara Pension Status using 2 methods – first is to search pensioner details, second is to check status with aadhar card.
Search Pensioner Details
In order to search pensioner details, applicants can firstly go to the official website at aasara.telangana.gov.in. Then at the homepage, scroll over the “Quick Search” tab in the main menu and then click at “Search Pensioner Details“. The direct link to track Telangana Aasara Pension Status is https://www.aasara.telangana.gov.in/SSPTG/UserInterface/Portal/GeneralSearch.aspx
The page to check Telangana Aasara Pension Status will appear as shown below:-
Here applicants can enter Pension ID / SADAREM ID or District, Mandal, Panchayat, Name, Head of Family and then click at “Search” button to search pensioner details.
Check TS Aasara Pension Status with Aadhar Card
To check Aasara Pension Status with Aadhar Card, applicants can check cancelled / suspended UID status using the direct link mentioned here – http://www.aasara.telangana.gov.in/ssptg/UserInterface/Portal/PublicUIDSearch.aspx
The page to check TS Aasara Pension Status with Aadhar card will appear as shown below:-
Here candidates can enter the Unique Identification Number (UID) and then click at Search button to track Aasara Pension status with aadhar card.
Acquittance Data Updation Status
Acquittance Data Updation Status can be checked using the direct link – http://aasara.telangana.gov.in/SSPTG/userinterface/Reports/AcquittanceEntry_Panchayat.aspx
The page to check Acquittance Data Updation Status will appear as shown below:-
Aasara Pension Yojana Amount
Telangana government was providing security and livelihood to helpless poor through Aasara pensions. The government in united Andhra Pradesh was giving only Rs. 200 pension, which was hiked to Rs. 1000 after formation of TS state and then to Rs. 2,016 by the Telangana government. Old aged, widows, weavers, toddy tappers and AIDS patients are now getting Rs. 2,016 p.m. Disabled people were given only Rs. 500 in united Andhra Pradesh, which was hiked to Rs. 1500 at the time of formation of Telangana state and then raised to Rs. 3,106 by the state government. Now the disabled people are now getting Rs. 3,016 p.m.
|Beneficiary Category||Aasara Pension Amount (Revised)|
|Old Age||Rs. 2016|
|Toddy Tappers||Rs. 2016|
|HIV-AIDS Patients||Rs. 2016|
|Disabled Persons||Rs. 3016|
The decision of doubling Telangana Aasara Pension Amount stands applicable from June and beneficiaries had already started getting new pension amount from July 2019. Moreover, CM has also announced to revise the age limit for old-age pensioners from 65 years to 57 years.
TS Aasara Pension Scheme Beneficiaries Dataset
While old age people, widows, beedi workers, toddy tappers, weavers, badirilu, bodakaalu (elephantiasis) victims, AIDs patients and single women are getting Rs. 2016 pension, the physically challenged, poor and old artists are getting Rs. 3016 Aasara pensions regularly. CM KCR stated that 39,36,521 people in the state were availing Aasara pensions. TS state govt. has received Rs.105 crore from Central government at the rate of Rs. 200 per month each for 6.66 lakh people for the year 2019-20. The state government is adding Rs. 1816 for each person and distributing Rs. 2,016 pension.
Telangana Aasara Pension Dataset can be checked using the link – https://data.telangana.gov.in/dataset/aasara-pensions. This dataset provides information on the number of sanctioned Aasara Pensions under various categories like Old age people, Disabled, Widows, Toddy Tappers, Anti-Retroviral Therapy(A.R.T) Patients, FA to Beedi Workers in each of the districts of the Telangana State.
As per the audit report of 2019-2020, the Telangana state government is spending 98.80% towards pensions while the central government is contributing only 1.20%. There is no evidence that any other state is spending at these levels to provide pensions to the destitute. Telangana govt. has already made an allocation of Rs. 11,824 crore in its budget during February 2023.
Telangana Aasara Pensions Scheme Rules for Exclusion
The persons belonging to the households fulfilling 1 or more of the following condition’s listed below shall not be eligible for Social Security Pensions (Aasara Pensions Scheme) in Telangana:-
- Having land more than 3.0 acres wet / irrigated dry or 7.5 acres dry.
- Having children who are Government / Public sector / Private sector employment / Out-sourced / contract.
- People having children who are doctors, contractors, professionals and self employed.
- Having large business enterprise (oil mills, rice mills, pumps, rig owners, shop owners etc.)
- People who are already receiving Government pensions or freedom fighter pensions.
- Owners of light and/or heavy automobiles (four wheelers and big vehicles).
- Any other criterion in which the verification officer may assess by the manner of lifestyle, occupation and possession of assets rendering the household as ineligible.
- Annual household income is more than Rs. 1.50 lakhs in rural areas and Rs. 2 lakhs in urban areas.
Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme Category List (21) of Persons With Disabilities
Telangana govt. has brought 14 more categories of specially abled people under Aasara Pension Scheme. Previously, the Aasra Pension Scheme beneficiary list included only 7 categories of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Here you can check the complete Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme Category List (21) of disabled people. More than 4.9 lakh disabled people are already benefiting from the Telangana Aasara Pensions Scheme. The complete category list (21) of specially abled people included in the Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme is given below:-
|Blindness||Low Vision||Persons Cured of Leprosy|
|Hearing Impaired||Locomotor Disability||Dwarfism|
|Intellectual||Mental Illness||Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|Cerebral Palsy||Muscular Dystrophy||Chronic Neurological Conditions|
|Specific Learning Disabilities||Multiple Sclerosis||Speech & Language Disability|
|Thalassemia||Haemophilia||Sickle Cell Disease|
|Multiple Disabilities including Deaf Blindness||Acid Attack Victims||Parkinson’s Disease|
All the beneficiaries gets pension of Rs. 3,016 per month under Aasara Pension Scheme. The state govt. has constituted medical boards to examine and issue disability certificates based on parameters and symptoms prescribed under Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Although the center had included 14 new categories in Right of PWD Act 2016, framing of guidelines took a lot of time. Telangana Aasara Pension Scheme provides pensions to old people, widows, Goud community, elephantiasis patients, AIDS afflicted people, physically disabled and beedi workers.
As per the central govt. guidelines, some of these 14 new categories of specially abled people are eligible for reservations in employment and education. Moreover, some people coming under these new categories for persons with disabilities are eligible for pre and post matric scholarships, marriage incentives, social security pensions and economic rehabilitation.
In case of any query, contact with DRDO / APO whose name and contact number can be checked through the link at https://www.aasara.telangana.gov.in/SSPTG/UserInterface/Portal/APOsContactDetails.aspx
— Government Order 17 for Aasara Pensions Implementation – Telangana Aasara Pensions Scheme Compressed
— Government Order 23 for Aasara Pension Amendment – Telangana Aasara Pension Yojana Amendment
— For complete details, visit the official website at aasara.telangana.gov.in