Bhopal: A team of central government officials, visited two districts Hoshangabad and Khandwa to take stock of preparations for providing cash for subsidy under the government’s ambitious plan, found shocking realities on the ground. UID cards which the state government claimed to provide to 80 percent population in some districts, were not as per the claim, said official sources.
Amita Sharma, additional secretary of department of higher education of MHRD and Manoj Jhalani, joint secretary of health and family welfare ministry, visited Hoshangabad and Khandwa district separately to check the state government’s claim that UID cards had been distributed to almost 80 percent population.
The officials however, found that the government did not even have the data of beneficiaries of different schemes to provide cash for subsidies, said the sources.
The UPA government has selected three districts – Hoshangabad, Harda and Khandwa of the state – in the list of 51 districts of the country to provide cash for subsidy from January 1. When the two central officials inquired about data, and progress of UID cards, district officials could not give satisfactory reply. ” It is not possible to start cash for subsidy scheme in the district with poor preparations,” said the sources.
In the three districts, work for giving UID cards is almost stopped for the last six months. ” The state government which planned to provide food coupon along with providing Adhaar number, failed to execute both the plans.” Plan for distribution of food coupon to BPL families had derailed after the private firm which was assigned the job of survey and providing the number, moved the court against the state government, thereby affecting progress of adhaar number.
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