LUCKNOW — Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath has announced pension scheme to Hindu seers who are above the age of 60.
The pension would be provided under the state pension scheme for senior citizens.
“The state government has decided that all destitute persons (including women, disabled etc) will get a pension of Rs 500 per month as compared to Rs 400 earlier,” CM Yogi said.
However, the announcement being made by UP’s saffron clad Chief Minister to give pension to Hindu seers just ahead of general elections evoked criticism from the opposition parties.
The opposition parties have levelled the Hindu appeasement charge against the Yogi Adityanath government after the move was announced.
Slamming the move by Yogi Adityanath, Samajwadi Party leader and former CM Akhilesh Yadav said it was an appeasement move ahead of the General Elections. He termed it as a soft Hindutva card to polarise voters before the polls.
Taking a jibe at the state BJP government, Akhilesh said “pension should also be provided to the artists who play the role of Ram, Sita, Lakshman and even Ravan in Ramlilas.”
According to reports, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government would set up special camps across the state till January 30 to help sadhus enrol for pension.
Source: Caravan News