Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday reviewed all welfare schemes in the state and released Rs 421 crore for three of the plans.
Accompanied by revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Sukhbir had a marathon meeting with all departments concerned. In order to cut red tape in implementing the scholarship schemes for the Scheduled Caste, Backward Class and minority community students, the state government has launched an online portal where they can apply for the scholarship/fee reimbursement.
The amount will be deposited directly into the students' accounts online. The state finance department has released Rs 146.25 crore for the distribution of old-age pensions and other benefits due for March in April.
Director general of school education (DGSE) Kahan Singh Pannu, who was in the meeting, said the education department had identified and short-listed more than 2-lakh students of Class 11 already as beneficiaries of the computer-tablet scheme.
The government has released Rs 45 crore for disbursement under the 'shagun' scheme (Rs 15,000 each for the marriage of girls from the Scheduled Caste category). The amount will meet the demand till May.
Fresh survey for atta-dal programme
The deputy chief minister ordered door-to-door survey for the atta-dal scheme, as he had many complaints from the below-poverty-line (BPL) families that they had not received the blue card required to draw the benefit. The finance department has released Rs 180 crore to cover more than 16-lakh families under the scheme.