Ferozepur: They are poor and their penury knows no boundaries, but none of them has a below poverty line (BPL) card to benefit from various government welfare schemes meant for them. This tragedy has been haunting Tendiwala residents, all of them SCs, for long but there looks no remedy for their foes in the near future. Tendiwala village is only a few meters away from the Indo-Pak border. The Sutlej river touches the village and every year the village undergoes a kind of rehabilitation process without any compensation from the District Administration.
Ironically, the residents of adjoining villages having better income and resources are enjoying all facilities and benefits of BPL cards. There are about 125-130 houses in the village. What is the reason of such discrimination? It is not that the administration has no knowledge about this. Village sarpanch Ajit Singh says: “We have requested the BDO and the DC of Ferozepur so many times to issue BPL cards to us, but in vain.”
Singh says that according to the district administration this village has no data on the internet and this village has not been included in any survey of the government as well. “Since there is no data of the village with the administration, the administration cannot help us,” he bemoans. He says that though most of the population consists of labourers, they have been deprived of all the facilities, which are meant for the BPL card holders.
When asked, BDO Surjit Singh said that as he had joined only recently, he did not know much about the village or their BPL card issue, but now he would visit the village and find out the reason of not issuing BPL cards to them. Deputy Commissioner D P S Kharbanda said that he would look into the matter thoroughly and try to sort out their problems as soon as possible. Deputy Commissioner said that he would try to conduct a survey of the village and would also apprise the government of their grievances so that corrective measures are taken at the earliest.
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