New Delhi: After facing massive poll debacle in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, the UPA Government seems to have shifted all its attention in wooing the common man. Presenting the General Budget 2012-13 in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has announced several hikes in the social security schemes as compared to previous budget.

Taking special care of the widows, the Finance Minister has proposed 50 percent hike in Widow Pension Plan. Under the move, the pension for widows has been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 300.

In addition to, Mukherjee has also proposed to double the lumpsum grant from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 under the National Family Benefit Scheme on the death of the bread winner (18 to 64 years) of a BPL family.

Mukherjee has announced a hike in the allocation for National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) from Rs. 6,158 crore in 2011-12 to Rs. 8447 crore in 2012-13. The state governments will utilize the funds for social assistance under the programme.

Underlining the need for strengthening the weaker section of society, Mukherjee has sought the states to contribute in the similar proportion of fund.

JPN/Bureau