Chandigarh: Punjab government has disbursed Rs 739.33 crore to 4,92,887 beneficiaries under Shagun Scheme during the past 9 years. Now economically weaker sections belonging to any caste can claim grant under this flagship scheme. Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Welfare Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said that in 2015-16 total 60,046 beneficiaries were given financial assistance of Rs 90.07 crore. Likewise Rs 87.54 crore disbursed to 58,362 beneficiaries in 2014-15 and 80,810 beneficiaries received Rs 121.21 crore in 2013-14. While in 2012-13, total 82,287 beneficiaries were given a grant of Rs 124.30 crore under Shagun Scheme.
The Minister further said that earlier, benefit of Shagun Scheme was confined only to the families of Schedule Castes or backward class, Christian; widows or divorcee (on being remarried) but now, irrespective of the caste, the Punjab government is providing the benefits of this scheme to all girls of weaker sections. He said that SAD-BJP government has also cleared the backlog of pending cases during the tenure of the Congress government. DP
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