Ministers review Central and state welfare schemes for SC, BCs
Chandigarh – Two state Cabinet ministers, namely Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary and Forests Minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot on Friday took stock of the various welfare schemes being run in the district. The ministers minutely reviewed the progress being made with regard to the effective implementation of MNREGA, Atta-Dal scheme, Old Age and Widow pension along with Aashirwad scheme and gave instructions to the officials to ensure that the benefit of the schemes reach only the eligible beneficiaries of every section.Presiding over the meeting at the Mini Secretariat in Rupnagar, Chaudhary made it absolutely clear that the sole aim of the state government is to make the benefits of the schemes accrue to the needy beneficiaries without discrimination as per the poll promise. The minister exhorted the officials to form clusters in the district and organize camps at the village level so as to extend the benefit of pensions and other schemes to maximum number of beneficiaries especially those in their old age as they can’t travel to the cities. She also said that proper respect be accorded to the needy persons thronging the offices for their works to make sure that no needy person faces any hindrance.The minister also said that the re-verification of atta-dal and other schemes should be carried out at some common place without depending on the village sarpanches. She also instructed that the verification of the cards of beneficiaries of the schemes be carried out again by the officials other than those who verified these cards the first time.Meanwhile, Dharmsot conducted a meeting with various district officials in Mohali to review the different Centre-sponsored schemes and welfare schemes being run by the Punjab government. He said that he had been deputed by the CM as in-charge of District Mohali, with a motive to ensure better implementation of welfare schemes and to provide their benefit to the eligible persons and generate its awareness at grass route level in the state.
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