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95000 poorest families identified for enhancement of their living standard in Himacha

Y.S.Rana | October 06, 2019 09:50 AM

lHAMIRPUR (HP): The issue of uplifting of poorest among the below poverty line families, who, going by the script of the plan which was recently chalked out by the government of Himachal Pradesh is a perfect example of how income generation initiatives can help resolve the poverty challenge. The state government has decided to uplift poorest among BPL families. For this purpose it has taken up a programme and identified 95,000 poorest BPL families. The state government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to enhance the living standard of families.

Aims at uplifting poorest families through various income generation initiatives for sustainability and better quality of life, in August last, the government has directed all development blocks and panchayats to prepare a list of all these families. The selection is made on the basis of score based ranking and those families having lowest marks will be eligible under the plan. In case of equal ranking among two or families, those family having disabled, widow or single woman will be given preference

The government has also directed the development blocks and panchayats to complete the identification work with eligibility criteria of such families by September 30 on line. A software with the help of National Information Centre (NIC) has been put in place for this purpose. Dwelling on eligibility criteria an official of panchayat revealed that it included accommodation facility; source of income; number of family members; details of disabled person, widow and single woman in a family; education standard of family members, young members and their education and social category of the family.    

While talking to  Varinder Kanwar, Minister for Rural Development, Himachal Pradesh said that there were 2,82,370 BPL families in the state. Of these, 95,000 poorest families have been identified and these families would be given preferences in various welfare schemes by the concerned departments. Block Development Officers (BPOs) have been assigned the duty to provide benefits of those schemes run by the rural development department to these families.

Kanwar further told that efforts would be made to provide benefits in other welfare schemes run by other government departments for BPL families. The concerned departments will chalk out work plan and submit these to the concerned deputy commissioner. The deputy commissioners will examine the progress from time to time. The planning officer will send the beneficiaries information to the concerned block offices.

The block office will inform the secretary panchayat regarding the registration of such family or member under the scheme so that benefits can be reached out to them. The process will continue till all these families or members could not get the benefits of welfare schemes, says Mr Kanwar and adds after this the whole process will be assessed by the third party. Results and conclusions of such assessment will be submitted to the various departments.            

With the changing needs of time the poverty alleviation efforts also need to be more people- oriented and state government is moving towards this direction, says Mr Kanwar.

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