Karnataka: 54% of senior citizens in pension schemes happy, says survey | Mysuru News – Times of India


MYSURU: In a study carried out among beneficiaries of government schemes for senior citizens, 54% said they are happy or very happy with their lives. Asked to rank their happiness on a scale of 5, the average score turned out to be 3.6.
The survey results were released by the Karnataka Evaluation Authority (KEA) earlier this year and uploaded on its website recently. It covered 6,087 beneficiaries in all — 2,994 of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), and 3,093 of Sandhya Suraksha Yojane. Among IGNOAPS beneficiaries, 57.2% ranked themselves as happy or very happy, while among SSY beneficiaries, the figure was 50.4%.
Another 40% said they are “ok” while 6.4% said they are “not happy” or “not at all happy”.
The study was carried out by the Mysuru-based Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement for the KEA. The study was aimed at analysing the functioning of the schemes and identifying their contribution to the welfare of the poor.
The study, making use of primary and secondary data, was aimed at analysing the functioning of the schemes and identifying their contribution to the welfare of the poor, besides guaging awareness about pension schemes among beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries.
It also looked into factors affecting the Aadhaar-linked DBT coverage for pension schemes. The report points to several gaps in scheme implementation and makes several suggestions to implement them more effectively.
About 4.6% of SSY and 11.6% of IGNOAPS beneficiaries continue to work despite receiving pensions. About 30% of beneficiaries said they share the pension with their families. About a quarter of the pension goes towards food expenses while another 17% pays for medicines.
Chaya K Degaonkar, additional chief evaluation officer of KEA, said since those surveyed are from very poor families, the pension schemes go a long way in improving their lives.
“This may be the reason for their feedback. In this study, we found several gaps in scheme implementation which will be addressed,” she said.
“NITI Aayog had suggested carrying out of evaluation studies of all schemes. The state budget also proposed an evaluation study of all the projects which cross Rs 100 crore,” she explained.
Basavaraju R Shreshta, executive director of GRAAM said the social support system made available to the senior citizens, including care and support from the family, must have influenced the responses.
Gopinath R, founder of Sparsha Trust in Bengaluru, said the 50% happiness score is consistent in similar studies carried out among senior citizens in villages and communities. “Another 10-15% say they are disappointed or have challenges. The rest live an average life. It is seen to be common in all communities and neighborhoods,” he said.
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