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Ensure effective implementation of Sambal Yojana: CM Shri Chouhan

Chief Minister reviews Sambal scheme 

भोपाल : सोमवार, अप्रैल 20, 2020, 19:40 IST

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while reviewing the MukhyaMantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana in Mantralaya today directed that the effective implementation of this important scheme for the welfare of the poor and scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in the state should be ensured. He said that obstacles seen in the implementation of this scheme last year, should be removed.

All eligible people will be given benefits

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that about 1.5 crore poor labourers of the state are involved in the Sambal Yojana last year. The low amount spent on the last financial year plan is a proof of neglect and indifference of the then government. Shri Chouhan said that other states have also been influenced by the utility and importance of this scheme. Its implementation is the priority of our state government. Last year attention was not paid to the implementation of the scheme. Therefore, a small amount has been spent in the plan last year. The Chief Minister said that the Sambal Yojana started in the state from April 2018 has been considered as a special scheme in the entire country. It should be started again to benefit the eligible class. Shri Chouhan said that lack of funds will not be allowed to come in the way of implementation of the scheme. All eligible beneficiaries will be given the benefit while making necessary budget provision.

Sambal Yojana will be given a comprehensive form

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the poor were ignored while giving benefits of the scheme last year, which is not justified. In the second year after the commencement of the scheme, due attention was not paid to the implementation of the scheme. Shri Chouhan said that he was informed by public representatives and general public in this regard during the tour of various districts last year. He said that the provisions of the scheme will also be reconsidered and it will be given a more comprehensive form soon. There is mainly a provision to provide assistance for the last rites on general and untimely death, ex-gratia assistance on various types of disability and assistance for planning for the upgradation of small business. This scheme was initiated to provide financial assistance to the poor and deprived from birth to death.

Apart from discussion on the Labour Department, there was a discussion on expanding the scope of the scheme in the interest of tax beneficiaries in respect of health, higher education, power related facilities in the meeting. It was informed that in the scheme commencing from April 2018, an amount of Rs 703 crore was spent under the Labour Department in the year 2018-19.

Chief Secretary Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Anurag Jain, Principal Secretary Shri Ashok Shah, Secretary Public Relations Shri P. Narhari and other officials were present in the meeting.

Special features of Sambal Yojana

There is provision to benefit the unorganized workers under the MukhyaMantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yoajan, which was started on the initiative of Chief Minister Shri Chouhan in the year 2018. Among the unorganized labourers, those who are holding less than one hectare of land, are not income tax payers, are not in government service, who do not get PF, Gratuity and ESI benefits are considered eligible. The scheme had provision for ex-gratia on premature death, assistance for last rites and financial assistance on disability. The scheme was implemented for the needy persons of the state.

In Sambal Yojana, an amount of Rs 5 thousand was given as assistance for performing last rites. A provision was made to give an amount of Rs. 2 lakh on general death and Rs. 4 lakh on accidental death to the family. Similarly, a provision was made to provide ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for permanent disability and Rs one lakh ex-gratia for partial disabilty. There is also a provision to give 10 percent of the loan obtained from the bank for purchasing equipment for advanced business or Rs 5 thousand, whichever is less.

Ashok Manwani
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