Maya to launch scheme for poor today

Maya to launch scheme for poor today

Chief Minister Mayawati will launch a scheme to dole out Rs 300 per month to families which do not have BPL cards on Monday.

Chief Minister Mayawati will launch a scheme to dole out Rs 300 per month to families which do not have BPL cards on Monday. Named “Uttar Pradesh Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojana”,the scheme was announced by Mayawati on her birthday on January 15.

Over 31 lakh beneficiaries will start getting Rs 300 per month under the scheme. The families which are covered under other anti-poverty programmes will not be included in the scheme.

In a simple ceremony on Monday,Mayawati will hand over letters to 10 beneficiaries. Since the scheme is being implemented retrospectively from April 1,each of the beneficiaries will get Rs 1,800,an official said.

To identify the beneficiaries of the new scheme,the government had sent officers to every village and open meetings of the Gram Sabha were held. After the selection of beneficiaries,their names were verified by scanning the computer data of those who are on the BPL or Antyodaya list,” an official in the Social Welfare department said.


Principal Secretary (Social Welfare) Balwinder Kumar described the selection of the beneficiaries the toughest task.

“It was a massive survey of about 2.56 crore families to select the beneficiaries. We considered their candidature on the basis of their properties,” Kumar said.

He said they identified three categories of people. In the first category were those who were supposed to adopt self-exclusion from the scheme because they were on the BPL and Antyodaya lists. In the second category were those who got included because they had no land and lived in kachcha houses. The third category was of those people who were included in the list as they owned a small piece of land and lived in semi-pucca houses,Kumar said.

The government has involved nine lead banks in different parts of the state for disbursement of the amount.

“We have transferred the money to these banks and they will deposit it in the accounts of the beneficiaries,” Kumar said.

He said all details of the scheme were computerised and “there is nothing done manually”.

The scheme comes barely one-and-a half years ahead of the 2012 Assembly elections.

“The government wants to use the scheme to target the Centre for its failure to increase the number of BPL families. The implementation of the scheme is also a proof of the number of the poor who do not get benefits of the Centre’s anti-poverty schemes,” said an official.