| A damaged hoarding in front of the sales tax office. Picture by Ajit Kumar Verma |
Lack of proper hoardings displaying government welfare schemes has deprived residents of services.
Details of over 24 schemes meant for the poor have been confined to government files in the absence of proper media to disseminate information about the projects. These include the Chief Minister Mahadalit Utthan Yojana, Poshak Yojana, Radio Yojana, Kanya Vikas Yojana, Balika Protsahan Yojana, Mahila Helpline and others.
The state government, in May 2014, had provided Rs 1 lakh to the district administration to display information about the various welfare schemes meant for the benefit of underprivileged people.
Sources said the administration had erected 80 hoardings last year at a cost of Rs 12.54 lakh but the posters and billboards are in a dilapidated state and cannot be used to display the welfare schemes.
Sources in the district administration said a Patna-based agency had been given the work of putting up posters and setting up hoardings. According to the terms of the agreement, the agency was supposed to undertake maintenance work of these billboards for three years. “Now, the firm appears to have forgotten its responsibility and no action is being taken against the erring agency,” the source added.
According to sources, the district administration had sent a letter to the agency concerned regarding repair and maintenance on July 11 but a reply is awaited. Letters had been sent earlier as well.
When contacted, the district public relations officer, Chandan Kumar, said: “I have warned the agency about its laxity in carrying out repair work. Legal action would be initiated if the firm fails to start repair work.”
The JDU has expressed concern over delay in advertisement of the projects. Senior party leader Dinesh Prasad said: “It is a conspiracy by officials, who are not interested in creating awareness about welfare schemes.”