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Ex-MLAs living in penury seek help

Several former members of the State Legislative Assembly on Monday complained that they are living in penury and needed immediate help from the State Government

Speaking at a meeting held by the Andhra Pradesh Former Legislators Forum at Assembly’s committee hall, the ex-MLAs complained that they were not having proper access to the medical care. They said many of them are not in a position to even perform a medical test by spending Rs 2,000. One former MLA complained that the ex-MLAs were not entitled for free by-pass surgery using stents. Therefore, many ex-MLAs are unable to go for the required treatment as they don’t have money.

The meeting, attended by about 70 ex-MLAs, also asked the government to extend benefits like free railway travel coupons, bus pass and other services. They demanded that the government provide medical facilities to the ex-MLAs at the district headquarters itself as not many of them could afford to travel to Hyderabad on regular basis.

The former legislators also complained of corruption and delay in the payment of their monthly pension. They said many ex-MLAs are unable to buy food due to delay in payment of pension. They also demanded that the pension should be paid to the spouse after ex-MLA’s death.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy assured that they government would look into their problems and take appropriate steps.

Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar said that he would take up the matter on priority basis to ensure that the former legislators do not face problems. Regarding health issues, he said he would conduct a review meeting with the health department officials soon. He also assured them that their pension would be made through online payment. He said he would fasten the process for their welfare after the end of next assembly session.

Forum’s general secretary and ex-MLA K Subba Raju also spoke and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and Speaker. (INN)

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