Chandigarh, October 2–The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that fresh BPL survey would be conducted after three months to ensure that no eligible person is left out, age assessment of the aged persons would be made to make things easy for them to get their pension, and bio-metric attendance-based e-ration facility would be launched from November 1 to inject transparency into the working of the PDS in the state.
He made these announcements while addressing a well attended public meeting today at Barara in Ambala District which falls in the Mullana Assembly constituency. Referring to the demand regarding BPL survey made by Mrs Santosh Chauhan Sarwan, MLA and convener of the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the state government would conduct fresh BPL survey after two-three months to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries were covered. Taking note of the difficulty faced by the eligible people while availing themselves of the Old Age Samman Allowance, he announced that the state government would soon start age assessment of such persons. It would be done by a medical board of doctors at block level shortly so that each beneficiary gets pension after getting a certificate from the medical board.
The Chief Minister said that the state government would soon increase the social security pension from Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,600 on January 1, 2017. It would be finally increased to Rs 2,000 per month as promised by the BJP in its manifesto. He disclosed that about two lakh fake pension accounts had been detected with the linkage of the social security pension with bank and Aadhaar. The Public Distribution System would be made online from November 1 to inject transparency into the system. The beneficiaries would avail themselves of facilities only after logging biometric attendance.
The Chief Minister also announced a number of projects worth crore of rupees for the Mullana assembly segment. These include Rs 18 crore for development of rural areas of three blocks Barara, Saha and Ambala-1, Rs 5 crore for Barara Municipal Committee, Gram Sachivalyas in 55 villages, yoga-vyayamshalas in 10 villages subject to availability of land by village panchayats, and Rs 2 crore for opening of Anganwadi Centres in 21 panchayats. He said that a bridge would be constructed on the Shahabad-Markanda river from Sabka village to Sahota at a cost of Rs 30 crore, Dam on the Markanda river provided the panchayats give 10 acres of land, construction of new roads, Rs 1 crore for construction of shed in Barara Grain Market, Rs 2.5 crore for repair or construction of government school buildings, Rs 4 crore for science block in Saha Government college, Rs 6.5 crore for construction of CHC in Mullana, 30-bedded hospital in Barara, Rs 40 crore for 66 KV and 220 KV substation in Malikpur village and Rajokheri respectively, and Rs 6 crore for the drainage system in Mullana.
The birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister, Mr Lal Bahadur Shastri, falls on October 2. The day is also important as it was on this day that the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, had launched Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014 and urged the people to make the country clean in the next five years when the nation would celebrate 150 anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019. He urged the people to help in achieving the goal of Swacch Bharat and Swacch Haryana. Describing corruption as cancer, the Chief Minister said that this menace had spread during the regime of the previous government. Recalling the mantra of the Prime Minister ‘Na Khaunga-Na Khane Dunga’, he said that the state government had followed the policy of zero tolerance toward corruption.
He called upon the people to join the drive against corruption and refuse to oblige corrupt officials. The menace is being curbed with the usage of IT. He also listed out various programmes of the government being implemented for skill development, giving employment to youth, welfare of farmers and asked the farmers to adopt the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bimla Yojna to get maximum benefit in case of any crop loss. He urged the farmers to register their complaint at the helpline number of the marketing board, in case Aarthiyas made the cut for moisture in paddy crop over and above the permitted limits. The government will take action immediately, he assured. Criticizing the opposition parties, the Chief Minister said that leaders of opposition parties were misleading the people. Rather than levelling false allegations, they should introspect on what they had done during their rule. Now, they are facing cases of land, licence and other scams. "Our government would fulfil all promises made to the people, he added.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of development projects worth Rs 60 crore, including inauguration of 66 KV sub-stations each at Majri and Sardheri, two-laned RoB on Ambala- Saharanpur section in village Koolpur on Chappar Adhoya Road in Ambala district and SDO (civil) complex, Barara. Speaking on this occasion MLA Mrs Santosh Sarwan said that during last two years, the BJP Government had launched many schemes and programmes for the welfare of people belonging to all sections of society. People can also compare the rule of BJP with that of the Congress and INLD in terms of development. She welcomed the Chief Minister and read out a demands charter.