By Neha Sharma, Bhopal : Assistance worth Rs. 132 crore was given away to beneficiaries at a grand Antyodaya Mela at BHEL Dussehra Maidan here today. During the Mela, material/cheques and cash assistance worth Rs. 48 were given away to one lakh 20 thousand beneficiaries under various schemes while scholarships worth Rs. 84 crore were sanctioned and distributed on the spot.
Assistance from CM’s Discretionary Fund
Antyodaya Melas are assuming the form of service to suffering humanity also. On getting information that six persons attending the Mela were suffering from serious ailments, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan immediately sanctioned Rs. four lakh ten thousand from his Discretionary Fund for their treatment. Out of this, Rs. one lakh each was sanctioned to Bhanumati Bai and Asma, Rs. 75 thousand to Rukhsara, Rs. 50 thousand each to Kamal Singh and Manoj and Rs. 35 thousand to Hari Prasad.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the dignity of the poor will be maintained. No hindrance will be allowed to come in the way of protection of the poor people’s interests. He wondered why the opposition is opposing a pious deed like Antyodaya Mela. He said that State Government has opened up its coffers for the masses. We have made arrangements to ensure that the poor and needy do not have to wander about for assistance.
A health check-up camp was also organised at the venue where separate sitting arrangements were made for disabled persons.
Shri Chouhan said that the government belongs to poor people, farmers, labourers and those who have lagged behind. He said that fund crunch will not be allowed in the welfare of the poor. Funds are available from Deendayal Antyodaya Upchar Yojna for general ailments and Mukhyamantri Discretionary Fund for serious diseases. With a view that no poor patient remains deprived of treatment, the limit of his discretionary fund has been increased from Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 30 crore. The State Government is standing by weaker sections of society, street vendors, labourers, domestic women workers, disabled persons, kotwars etc in their needs of hour. Assistance is being extended to them right from children’s education upto daughters’ marriage. Panchayats of various sections of societies are being organised to chalk out welfare schemes for them as per their aspirations. A street vendors’ panchayat was held recently following which arrangements are being made to extend loans and subsidies to them with a view to saving them from being exploited by moneylenders. Credit cards will also be made available to them. Similarly, several schemes have been introduced for labourers’ welfare after registering them.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that a Rs. 50 crore fund has been instituted so that there is no hindrance in the way of poor students’ studies. Education Loan Guarantee Scheme has also been launched under which the State Government will pay the interest on the education loan obtained by each family having upto Rs. 4.50 lakh per annum income. Similarly, 50 percent subsidy on interest will be given to each family earning upto Rs. seven lakh per annum.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the only state in the country where loans are being extended to farmers on one percent interest rate. The State Government has made available loans worth Rs. 6.50 thousand crore at this interest rate to farmers in the state this year. Similarly, the State Government had provided relief to the farmers whose crops have been damaged by frost.
He said that except for big claims, the Union Government has never given a single penny for the frost-affected farmers. He said that farmers are being registered. The arrangement of giving Rs. 100 per quintal bonus to them will continue. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Panch Parmeshwar Yojna has been launched for the development of villages.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan administered an oath to those present on the occasion to take the state forward and save daughters. He announced holiday on Monday for the employees who helped organise Antyodaya Mela on holiday. At the outset, Shri Chouhan performed pooja of tiny girls. Besides, handing over cheques and material to the beneficiaries, the Chief Minister also enquired about their problems.
Urban Administration & Development Minister Shri Babulal Gaur described Antyodaya Mela as Kumbh Mela of the poor. He said that the State Government is functioning with transparency. The Government is sending officers and employees door-to-door for making assistance available to people.
MP Shri Prabhat Jha said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is doing the novel work of establishing relations with society while in power. He has also concretised the ideals of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. The welcome address was delivered by MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang. Sushri Suhasini Joshi and companions recited Vande Matram and Madhya Pradesh Gaan.
Amounts, assets, materials and cheques worth about Rs. 48 crore were given away to one lakh 20 thousand beneficiaries under 117 government schemes of 18 departments at the Mela, where arrangements for health and blood test of patients were also made. At the health check-up camp, 1,158 patients were identified out of whom three have whole in the their heart, eight are cancer patients, 33 HIV Positive, 25 mental patients, 488 vision impaired, 38 hearing impaired and 18 patients suffering from various disabilities.
Incharge minister of the district Shri Jayant Malaiya, Mayor Smt. Krishna Gaur, Bhopal Development Authority Chairman Shri Surendranath Singh, Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Shri Ramesh Sharma ‘Guttu Bhaiya’, MLA Shri Jitendra Daga, District BJP President Shri Alok Sharma and Divisional Commissioner Shri Praveen Garg were also present on the occasion.