The Telangana state Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday announced that all Beedi workers pension starts from March 1 onwards.
Beedi workers gets monthly allowance of Rs 1,000.
Addressing a press meeting here, the Chief Minister said as per the Intensive Household Survey, there were 4.90 lakh Beedi workers in the State.
Of them, 1.4 lakh are already given pension under the Aasra scheme. Similarly, nearly one lakh beedi workers are getting benefits under the Central Government’s Provident Fund.
Therefore, the proposed incentive would be given to the remaining 2.5 lakh beedi workers who are not covered under any scheme, he said.
The Chief Minister appealed to the beedi workers to submit their applications to the MROs concerned. The government would finalise the beneficiaries within a week after verification.
The initiative would primarily help the beedi workers of Medak, Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts, he said.