In a significant submission, the central government told the Supreme Court that monetary considerations come in the way of increasing monthly pension to old age persons.
It said that the government “just cannot draw” money from other places.
The central government submitted this before a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta.
They were responding to arguments advanced by former union minister and senior advocate Ashwini Kumar, who has
filed a plea seeking a direction to the central government to increase the monthly pensions of Rs 200 and Rs 500 which were fixed way back in 2007 for senior citizens.
Kumar urged the bench that pension amount should at least be half of the minimum wages fixed by the government, which comes at around Rs 3,000 a month.
It was said in the plea that there were a large number of aged people, most of whom were living in poverty, without any roof over their heads or proper clothes, food and budgetary allocation for their welfare was also paltry.
The petitioner has also sought that an adequate number of old age homes be established in the country and direction be given to maintain and operate such homes enable the elderly live their life with dignity.>