Maharashtra Government Increases the Financial Assistance Age to 65 years for Women

Ladki Bahin

The Maharashtra government has removed the agricultural land condition for the Ladki Bahin scheme.

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced that the age limit for the state’s Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana, a financial assistance scheme for women, has been increased to 65 years.

Speaking during a Legislative Assembly discussion, Shinde stated that the condition regarding women whose families own government land has been eliminated.

The scheme, introduced in the state Budget by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, aims to support married, divorced, and destitute women aged 21-60 with a monthly assistance of Rs 1,500. Shinde said the age limit has been extended to 65 years, and the eligibility criterion concerning women whose families own agricultural land has been removed.

Shinde accused the opposition of spreading false narratives against the government, saying, “You can’t fool people all the time.”

He urged beneficiary women not to pay bribes to officials for registration under the scheme. “If someone asks for money, lodge a complaint, and the concerned official will be suspended,” he said.

The Maharashtra Government has launched the Maharashtra Ladki Bahin Yojana to economically empower poor women in the state and improve their financial status. Under this scheme, financial assistance of up to Rs 1,500 will be provided to widowed and destitute women from economically weaker sections. The assistance will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of eligible women to enhance their economic conditions.

The Ladki Bahin Yojana is modeled after Madhya Pradesh’s Ladli Behin Yojana, where women received financial assistance of Rs 1,250 every month.

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