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Dole camps across state

Ranchi, Feb. 25: Five-day special camps will be held at block headquarters across the state from tomorrow for disbursement of financial benefits under various social security schemes like old age and widow pensions.

Announcing the schedule in the Assembly today, state labour and employment minister Krishna Nand Tripathi said that those with monthly income of Rs 10,000 in rural areas and Rs 12,000 in urban areas would be eligible for the benefits of various social security schemes including old age and widow pensions and financial support for the physically challenged.

Possession of a BPL card was not mandatory for availing such benefits, he clarified, adding that chief minister Hemant Soren will inaugurate a camp in Ranchi tomorrow.

Tripathi requested the MLAs to send representatives and provide him their feedback about the camps that would also disburse loans to the tune of Rs 50,000 to women’s self help groups.

Amid interruptions by Opposition members, the minister stressed, “This is an innovative step being initiated by our government in the larger interest of the poor. I, too, will be regularly monitoring the outcome. Let us do our best for the poor before the model code of conduct comes into force and the current financial year comes to an end on March 31.”

Replying to a call attention notice, parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Prasad Singh said that displaced families of Islam Nagar in Ranchi would be rehabilitated on excess land belonging to the state polytechnic in the same locality.

They would also be given houses under Rajiv Awas Yojana even though a dispute over land ownership of Nagababa Khatal was pending before the courts.

When MLA C.P. Singh then pointed out that over 40 poor families living near old Birsa Munda Central jail had also been served eviction notices, the minister assured him that their dwellings would not be demolished.

Replying to his another question, Singh said that a complete status report on piped water supply in various localities of Ranchi Vidhan Sabha constituency would tabled in the House by March 5.

The parliamentary affairs minister also promised to revise compensation to victims of tusker menace with immediate effect.

Several MLAs also demanded cancellation of JPSC preliminary test results, alleging that reservation norms had been flouted. Chief minister Hemant Soren, who was to reply, did not turn up in the post-lunch session of the Assembly.

Budgetary demands of human resources department for the next fiscal were passed by the House amidst a din by MLA who were demanding a revision of wages of para teachers.