**Bhubaneswar:** In a New Year gift to the senior citizens of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a hike in the social security benefits given to them every month. Henceforth, they will be receiving Rs 200 more from 15 February onwards.
He also announced that the pension holders who used to get Rs 300 would now get Rs 500 while pensioners above 80 years old would now get Rs 700.
The Chief Minister made this announcement during the weekly ‘Ama Gaon Ama Bikash’ programme. In his address, he said, “I wish that all bona fide beneficiaries of the State reap the benefits of social security scheme. Keeping in view, 5 lakh more beneficiaries have been included in the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana. Thus, 48 lakh beneficiaries will now reap the benefits.”
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