Selection criteria for BPL families ignored

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, August 11

The selection of the BPL, IRDP and Antyodaya families is underway in Kangra district these days. The government has laid down criteria for selecting beneficiaries. A letter containing the guidelines for the selection of such families has been sent to panchayats. However, still state agencies are receiving a large number of complaints pertaining to irregularities in the selection of BPL, IRDP and Antyodaya families.

The government has also directed the Block Development Officers to keep a check on the panchayats while making the selection. Information gathered by The Tribune reveals that many panchayats in the district have not deleted the names of fake BPL, IRDP and Antyodaya beneficiaries from their records and have kept them in fresh lists.

Palampur SDM Amit Guleria said he had also received such complaints through social media. "As per the rules, a person having two hectares of non-irrigated and one hectare of irrigated land, a four-wheeler, bank deposits and having an annual income above Rs 30,000 cannot be included in the BPL and IRDP categories," he said.

He said in case of a wrong selection, the complainant could approach him. Besides, the government could also investigate the matter by deputing a team of officers.

The Tribune had in these columns highlighted irregularities in the selection of BPL and IRDP beneficiaries. Thereafter, the government had directed the authorities concerned to hold a fresh meeting of the gram sabhas to select new BPL beneficiaries or delete the names of undeserving families and complete the re-identification process of the beneficiaries at the earliest.

As per a baseline survey conducted in various panchayats to identify and verify fake card holders in 2018, it emerged that 30 to 40 per cent undeserving families had managed to get their names enlisted.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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