Union minister assures to address state issues

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 25th Sep: Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale has assured that Central government will look into demands put up by Manipur government regarding social justice and empowerment.
Addressing media persons after chairing a review meeting of central schemes implemented in the state under social justice and empowerment ministry on Wednesday here, Ramdas Athawale said that he will take forward all the agendas discussed to the ministry and will translate into action at the earliest.
According to Ramdas, there are 26 Old Age Homes run by NGOs in Manipur and all these homes are directly funded by the Central government. State government wants funding to these NGOs to be done through them as financial condition of these homes is not accessible. This will enable state government to monitor activities of the NGOs and ascertain if the funds are utilised fairly, he said, adding that Central government will look into the matter and consider demands of the state government.
He informed media persons that the state has around 54,000 differently abled persons and Central government has been taking up special measures for these special people. Ramdas also said that the state government has demanded construction of five special shelter homes for these people and the matter will be discussed with Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot.
While stating that state government has put up a proposal to increase number of Central government sponsored old age pensioner to 2 lakh and the same was put up during Wednesday’s review meeting, the Union minister of state assured to convert the proposal into action. He added that 80 percent of development schemes in the state are borne by Central government and this showcased that Central government gives special emphasis to North East states particularly Manipur.
He also said that the real meaning of Manipur has now turned out to be ‘money poor’ and Central government will render support towards improving economy of the state. He then stressed the need for developing industry and enhancing cooperative movement to create more jobs for youth.
The Union minister of state also urged women of the state to take advantage of Mudra loan which could be claimed from banks without guarantor.
While clarifying that there is no report of indifferent attitude towards Scheduled Caste communities of the state, Ramdas Athawale maintained that Central government has been taking up various welfare schemes for SC and ST communities and scholarship schemes are being taken up to improve conditions of SC/ST students. In view of lack of opportunity among people belonging to communities above ST/SC, Narendra Modi government has decided to award 10 percent reservation for them and any person belonging to higher class group with annual income less than Rs 8 lakh can avail 10 percent job reservation.
He also assured of increasing number of beneficiaries of Prime Minister Awas Yojana for the state.
Earlier, the minister reviewed schemes being implemented in the state under social justice and empowerment ministry with state social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen and officials of the department.
Among the agenda discussed during the review meeting include utilisation of funds for the last five years under the welfare scheme of Special Component plan to SC community, release of scholarships for SC, Atrocities Act for SC/ST, inter caste marriage, residential school for SC, scheme for old age home and old age pension, schemes for empowerment of persons with disabilities, manual scavengers and any other schemes for the welfare of SC/ST communities in Manipur.


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