Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday directed officers to organise mega camps for distributing benefits of pension and blue cards to genuine beneficiaries.
A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minister during a meeting with delegation of Kisan Sangarsh Committee here, a spokesman said.The Chief Minister asked all the Deputy Commissioners to organise such camps to ensure that the benefits of these pro-poor schemes percolate to the genuine beneficiaries.
He said that the aim of these schemes was to ensure the welfare of these strata of society and no laxity in this regard would be tolerated at any cost. Expressing concern over cases of farmer suicides, the Chief Minister asked the revenue department to open a special cell to process the cases for disbursing compensation in a fast track mode, to the next of the kin of the farmers who ended their lives in distress.
He asked the officers to explore the possibility of extending the facility of 200 units of free power to landless farmers of the state on the pattern of given to members of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes.
The Chief Minister also assured the delegation that the state government would again impress upon the Centre to constitute Basmati Trading Corporation on lines of Cotton Corporation of India to safeguard the interests of Basmati cultivators by ensuring a fair price for their produce, the spokesman said.
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