By Paritosh Chakma
Published in Merinews.com, 10 December 2011
ON DECEMBER 9 2011, Mizoram’s well known voluntary organisation, the Mizoram Chakma Development Forum (MCDF) claimed that Old Age Pension has not been paid in the entire state of Mizoram for the last nine months, since March 2011 and has sought the personal intervention of Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla for payment of Old Age Pension to all the beneficiaries before the Christmas.
In the petition the MCDF stated that as per the Supreme Court order dated 28th November 2001, payment of the pension under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension (IGNOAPS) Scheme shall be made before seventh day of every month and that Central grants meant for the IGNOAPS cannot be diverted for any other purposes as per the direction of the Supreme Court of 27 April 2004. But old age pension has not been paid in the entire state of Mizoram for the last nine months since March 2011 which is direct and blatant violation of the directions of the Supreme Court.
Due to the inordinate delay in the payment of the old age pension, the beneficiaries in the entire state have been sufferings and the State cannot be a silent spectator to their hardships, MCDF stated.
According to Mizoram Upa Pawl (Senior Citizens’ Association) of Mizoram, there are 23,547 beneficiaries of old age pension scheme.