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State govt. to hold special camps in all panchayats from Feb. 18

Jamshedpur, Feb. 8: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday said that his government will hold special camps from February 18 at all the panchayats across the state to provide benefits of government schemes to the beneficiaries. There are 4402 panchayats in the state and all will be covered under the plan.

Addressing villagers at Matihana panchayat in Baharagora block of Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum district, to review the Yojana Banao Abhiyan, the Chief Minister made the announcements after complaints about irregularities in ration cards and distribution of ration cards and old age pensions were raised.

“We have decided to organize special camps ‘Adhikar Shivir’ across state from February 18. During the week-long camps to be held in all panchayats of the state in the presence of the district administrative officials not only new beneficiaries of government schemes would be added but also problems of those beneficiaries who have missed out from enjoying their rights would be included.

Anybody can lodge grievances at their panchayat itself,” Das said.

Incidentally, several women and elderly persons had lodged a complaint during the Yojana Banao Abhiyan review program at the Matihana panchayat sachivalaya (secretariat) before the Chief Minister of not getting old age and widow pension due to technical faults after computerization of the records.

The Chief Minister said that in the next five years schemes worth Rs 6,000-crore would be spent for the implementing projects in different panchayats across the state.

Raghubar Das further stressed that the government thrust during the next fiscal planning in better use of available water resources for irrigation and agriculture and sanitation and provision of toilets in every household of villages. The government has set a target of constructing 6 lakh toilets across state and each MLA would have to contribute Rs 50 lakh for construction of toilets in rural areas.

The Chief Minister left the venue at around 12.30 noon to Sonua block in neighboring West Singhbhum district nearly 110 km from city to attend Yojana Banao Abhiyan program at Raghoi panchayat.

The state government launched Yojana Banao Abhiyan, an ambitious campaign to encourage people’s participation in planning at the grassroots level to meet the needs of villages.

Worked out following the models of Karnataka and Kerala, the campaign involves communities and panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) for planning projects to be taken up under various government schemes like MGNREGS, National Rural Livelihood Mission etc.

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