Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the government would ensure that the names of the persons living in poorest of poor conditions were incorporated in the below poverty line (BPL) list.
It has been observed that there were well-off families who were enjoying the benefits, which were meant for the BPL people and were incorporated in the BPL list, which should be checked upon and interrogated, he said, while presiding over the annual felicitation ceremony function held by Block Development Officers Association here on late Friday evening.
Singh said that the BPL list should be as per the actual status of the person concerned and should be ensured in the Gram Sabha meetings that undue advantage was not given to the cronies of the political functionaries at grass root level.
“There were many schemes for the poor and had also been brought to his notice that in few cases the funds were distributed as per the will of the elected representatives, hence the funds did not reach the needy,” he said.
The chief minister added that the onus lied upon the revenue officials to ensure justice to the people and if any such cases came to the notice and same may be reported, adding that initiative should come from the block level, from the BDOs, tehsildars and naib tehsildars.
He said, “I want to see that Himachal Pradesh becomes the first state in India to achieve the targets under sanitation programme.”
Meanwhile, Anil Sharma, rural development and panchayati raj minister said that there were many schemes that were given shape and accomplished by these officers.