Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister KN Balagopal said that the distribution of welfare pension has started and now there is a bigger campaign than when it was not paid for 18 months. He also reminded that previously, two and three months are given together.
At the same time, he stated that it has been decided to pay the amount due for green coconut procurement. It has been decided to settle the rubber subsidy till the end.
Asha workers were paid full honorarium. The Center has not yet given any amount to the National Health Mission. It has been decided to provide all of them. Finance Minister KN Balagopal added that in two and a half years of this government, Rs 23350 crore has been disbursed as welfare pension. The campaign is now going on which was not there during the UDF government when the pension was suspended for 18 months. If the Center had paid at least half of the amount due to Kerala, the state would not have had such arrears.