Hyderabad: It is a heart-rending story. All of them served the Nation in defence during II World War and reached the age between 85 and 90 years now. They were being paid a meagre amount of Rs 500 as financial assistance.
When the pathetic story came to the notice of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, immediately responded enhancing the financial assistance to Rs 3,000 per month to the non-pension II World War veterans and widows of II World War veterans in the State, who were being paid Rs 500 and Rs 400 per month respectively.
During 2009, the Centre recommended that the II World War veterans and widows need financial support from the respective State governments at the fag end of their lives. At present, 533 II World War veterans and 2,376 widows are surviving in the State.
With the decision of the Chief Minister to enhance the financial assistance to the non-pension II World War veterans and widows of II World War veterans, the expenditure will come to about Rs 10.48 crores per annum. The existing expenditure is Rs 1.46 crores only.