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NITI Aayog: Khattar advocates one-time benefits to poor

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal has advocated steps to saturate the poor with all identified essential benefits and services, advocating that once the poor people get all the benefits, they should be taken off the list of the poor.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:05 IST
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar flanked by Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar during a meeting of governing council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi on Sunday.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar flanked by Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar during a meeting of governing council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has advocated steps to saturate the poor with all identified essential benefits and services, advocating that once the poor people get all the benefits, they should be taken off the list of the poor.

Speaking at the NITI Aayog meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Sunday, the chief minister said since not all poor households needed all the benefits, the non-poverty alleviation schemes should be fine-tuned to extend the benefits to specific households to suit their identified needs and fill the gaps.

On the issue of measurement and estimation of poverty which was yet to be finalised by experts at the national level, he said, “I feel that after broad target group of the poor people is identified by each state, as per nationally agreed parameters, a defined basket of benefits/ services could be offered to the eligible households in a new regime of graded and need-based support system.”

Direct cash transfer, based on Aadhaar, could help in updating the database. In this manner, a dynamic poverty index of such families can be evolved and maintained, and poverty level gauged on real-time basis, he added.

Referring to Haryana’s Vision 2030 Document, which is set to be launched soon, the CM said it would aim at integrated planning, decentralised implementation, equitable development, and building human capital and skill enhancement, to ensure gainful employment.

He said that under the Haryana Skill Development Mission, 69,000 thousand youths were trained in various sectors by different government departments in the last fiscal and that the target for 2017-18 is to train 1.33 lakh youth.

By June, all rural areas open defecation free

Haryana government is set to declare all rural areas open defecation free (ODF) by June and all cities by September, according to chief minister Manohar Lal. He said that the state is giving ‘Sawachta Puraskars’, a monthly award of Rs 1 lakh to one village in every block and district, apart from the Rs 1 lakh award to each ODF village.