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Updated on Nov 12, 2023
Taking after the name of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the YSR Pension Kanuka is a brilliant initiative by the state government. Launched in June 2019 by the Chief Minister, the scheme aims at providing financial benefits to certain specific sections of society, such as retirees, senior citizens, the disabled, widows, and the like. The blog below throws light on the scheme and how it benefits some particular parts of society.
Initiated by the government of Andhra Pradesh, Department of Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, the YSR Pension Kanuka is a scheme of social security.
Below are the objectives of the scheme:
The people in the above categories are offered an amount of INR 2,250. Besides, it has enhanced the sum of Disabled Pensions to INR 3,000. On the other hand, people undergoing CKDU/Dialysis Pensions receive a pension of up to INR 10,000 under the YSR Pension Kanuka scheme. In addition, the scheme reduced the pension eligibility age from 65 to 60 for Old Age Pensioners (OAP).
Some of the primary beneficiaries of the scheme are listed below:
All the above beneficiaries have been receiving monetary benefits under the YSR Pension Kanuka plan since July 1, 2019. The scheme has been particularly helpful during the time of COVID-19 in 2020 when several shops and factories had to be closed down during the national lockdown. Pensioners received immense financial support from the scheme during that period.
The benefits disbursed under YSR Pension Kanuka are only applicable to certain segments of society, as stated above. To be eligible for the benefits, the following criteria must be adhered to:
In addition to the above, the applicant must meet certain age criteria, as specified under the plan, which are listed in the table below:
Category of Beneficiaries
Eligible Age Criteria
No age cap
50 years or more
60 years or more
50 years or more
No age cap; however, the applicant must produce a medical certificate for 6 months of treatment for the condition
40 years or more
18 years or more
35 years or more (for divorced/separated women)
30 years or more (for unmarried women in rural areas)
35 years or more (for unmarried women in urban areas)
50 years or more
18 years or more
50 years or more
The CM scheme has several benefits for those enrolled under it. Some of the key benefits are mentioned below:
A host of pension options are available for the beneficiaries under the YSR Pension Kanuka Scheme:
Applying for the scheme is quite simple and can be done online. Just follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Visit the official portal of the scheme – https://sspensions.ap.gov.in/SSP
Step 2: Download the application form for YSR Pension Kanuka from the homepage
Step 3: Take a printout of the form and duly fill out the required details
Step 4: You will need to confirm that you are eligible to apply for the pension scheme. Also, keep all required documents handy to attach to the application form.
Step 5: Duly fill out the form and attach all the documents asked – Bank passbook, Aadhar card, ID proof, BPL card, and the like
Step 6: After filling out the form, submit it to the Gram Panchayat Office for verification
Here are the steps to apply for the scheme offline:
Step 1 – The eligible people under the scheme for social security pension are selected by the Village/Ward Volunteers depending on the economic standing of the people
Step 2 – In the next step, physical verification concerning eligibility conditions is undertaken by the Village/Ward Volunteers as per the prescribed requirement for each category
Step 3 – Next, the volunteers make recommendations of the eligible candidates and forward the names to the Municipal Commissioner (MC) or the Mandal Parishad Development Officer (MPDO)
Step 4 – The applications are reviewed by the concerned authority – MPDO/MC. They in turn forward the request to the Extension Officer (EO) of Panchayat Raj & Rural Development
Step 5 – The EO further verifies the applications and sanctions them
Step 6 – As per the sanctions/recommendations of the EO, the eligibility of the applicant as per varied criteria is issued in all secretariats
Step 7 – The applicants who are not eligible can object if they are not convinced by the ineligibility reasons
Step 8 – Names of qualified and unqualified beneficiaries are published in the final list of all secretariats
Step 9 – The applicants in the concluding list of unqualified applicants can protest in the Citizen Schemes Portal
Step 10 – Pension under the scheme is paid to the eligible recipients through the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS).
The application procedure requires you to attach some documents with the application form, which need to be duly submitted for verification. Below is the list of documents needed:
You can easily track the status of your application filed under the YSR Pension Kanuka Scheme online. Here’s how:
YSR Pension Kanuka Scheme is a commendable initiative by the Andhra state government in favour of the vulnerable sections of society. The scheme has been particularly beneficial during the COVID times when the impact of the pandemic was felt the most financially by certain sections of the population. If you too wish to enroll in the scheme, visit PayBima for complete details on the scheme and the application procedure.
The current pension amount in the state has been increased to Rs. 3,000 with effect from January 1, 2024.
The applicant should be a member of the Toddy Co-operative Society (TCS) or the Tree for Tapper’s Scheme. Those who meet these requirements are entitled to receive a pension of Rs. 2,250 under the scheme.
An increase of 5% is levied after attaining 65 years of age, 10% after 70 years of age, 15% after 75 years, and 20% upon attainment of 80 years.
Any government servant who retires after 33 years of service is eligible for receiving a full pension in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
An increase of 4% has been announced over the current existing rate of 38% of the Basic Pay/Pension.
The Department of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh manages the ‘YSR Pension Kanuka’ scheme.
The Monthly Pension offered under the scheme for PwDs is INR 3,000.
To be eligible for the plan, the income of a family in rural areas should be less than INR 10,000/month, while in urban areas it should be less than INR 12,000/month.
No, you are not eligible if a member of your family is a government employee.
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