Bandhs, blockades delaying development, claims Biswajit

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) Minister Thongam Biwsajit on Tueaday has called upon the people to give up the habit of imposing bandhs and blockades as such activities cause more hardships to the people especially the poor and daily wage earners.

It is time to work collectively for development and give up the culture of bandhs and blockades. Everyone has to play their part towards bringing development in the society, the Minister said during distribution of LPG connections to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) of Khundrakpam assembly constituency.

Around 100 beneficiaries availed the connection during the function held at the premises of Royal Academy Manipur School, Pangei, Imphal East.

The LPG connection was made available through the Sawombung Indane and distributed jointly with BJP Manipur Pradesh Kisan Morcha vice president Dr Ksh Kala.

Minister Biswajit further informed that the central government has launched more than 106 schemes meant for the poor people.

He also drew the attention of gas agencies and elected members of Panchayat to enlist genuine beneficiaries on the basis of the Socio Economic Caste Census. Under this scheme, the present BJP led government aims to reach out to all the poorest of the poor who are still deprived of using LPG as cooking fuel and have to rely on firewood, coal, dung-cakes, he added.

Observing that the main aim of the scheme is to reduce the hardship faced by the womenfolk, he maintained that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will improve health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG, and they would not need to roam around in unsafe areas to collect firewood.

The problem of deforestation leading to natural calamities like landslides, mudslides will also be curtailed once this scheme reaches all households, he said.

Biswajit further informed that Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) has been launched in the state and under this scheme, approximately 1.76 lakh households (1.62 lakh rural households and 0.13 lakh urban households) of Manipur will be benefitted.

Stating that the PMAY (G) was launched with an aim for providing shelter to homeless people, the minister said that beneficiaries who are included in the list of SECC 2011 can avail this facility. He also appealed to all beneficiaries of centrally sponsored schemes to open bank account as payment of subsidies and other beneficiaries would be made only through DBT.

Informing that the goal of PMAY-G is to provide houses to all homeless people by 2022, minister Biswajit said that Manipur has just finished implementing the scheme for 2016-1027 compared to other states which have already started implementing for 2017-2018. Currently, the government has been able to implement about 80 per cent of the scheme in the state.

Stressing that the scheme will be based on the 2011 census, he said that exceptions will be made for those with good reason. For this an affiliate committee has been constituted with the DC concerned as chairman.

He further informed that as of now, the benefit of the scheme has been extended to 9740 beneficiaries and the goal is to further cover 15,399 beneficiaries within 2017-18 and 9000 beneficiaries by 2019-2020. The remaining will be covered in 2021-2022, he added.

Biswajit, who also holds the works portfolio, further assured that Imphal –Pangei road will be repaired at the earliest.

In his address, Dr Ksh Kala informed that the scheme was formally implemented all over the country after the 2016-2017 budget sanctioned Rs 2 crore for this scheme. The eligible beneficiaries are those who hold BPL card, possess Aadhaar along with their own bank accounts and are also included in the 2011 census, he explained.

For Khundrakpam constituency, gas connections were given to 100 beneficiaries in both the first and second phase, he said, adding that distribution is being done in phase-wise manner based on the 2011 Census.

He also assured the left out eligible beneficiaries that more gas connection will be given as soon as possible.

The function was also attended by BJP Manipur Pradesh general secretary (Admn) K Saratkumar and BJP Mahila Morcha national vice president Adhikarimayum Sarda as president and guest of honour respectively.

It may be mentioned that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Under this scheme, 5 crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs 1600 per connection in the next 3 years.

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