Don't be amazed if you find postmen and other employees of different postoffices of Ludhiana staging 'nukkad nataks' at parks or along busy streets. The employees have been asked by the head postoffice to stage plays for promotion of the Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme launched for betterment of girls across the country.
The scheme, considered beneficial for the girl child whose parents could deposit a sum of `1,000 to `1.5 lakh in a year with the postoffice, has got an encouraging response in the city with more than 50,000 people opening account so far.
Street plays to promote the scheme were held at different areas of the city recently, including Sarabha Nagar Market, Rose Gardena and Akalgarh Market.
Staff has qualms about staging plays on streets
The employees of the postoffices across the city seem not to be interested in holding the plays on the streets. The staff said, "Although the scheme is of benefit to girl child and to postoffices, but professional artistes should have been hired for staging the plays."
It is pertinent to mention that the employees at a postoffice near Bhadaur House were also asked to hold a street play on the main road near Mata Rani Chowk, but female staff refused and the play was held at some other area.
"The Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme is for the welfare of a girl child so that a good sum of money could be provided to her parents to be used for her studies as well as marriage. But the postal department has asked its female employees to go on streets and hold plays that does not look dignified," said a postoffice employee.
She said female staff was also asked recently to visit from door to door along with a post man to promote the scheme.
Another employee said, "However, most of the female staff showed reluctance in roaming from locality to locality for a work that is actually not their job and professionals should have been hired for staging the street plays and for door-to-door campaigns."
Meanwhile, senior post master of Ludhiana SP Pahwa said that the male and female staff has not been asked to hold the plays in the middle of the roads. "It is only for the promotion of the scheme that will benefit the girls. The plays are of short duration," said Pahwa.
Pahwa said the scheme had got a very positive response from the city residents as a large number of people have come to open accounts for depositing money that would be used by their daughters at a later stage.
"We have asked the employees to hold 'nukkad natak' at different areas. These plays will not cause any traffic jam and will only provide knowledge to the residents," said Pahwa.
+ The scheme is meant for girl child in the age group of 0-10 years. A 9.2% of interest will be given on the amount deposited by mother, father or a legal guardian of the girl child
+ The money (minimum `1,000 and maximum `1.5 lakh per year) has to be deposited for a period of 14 years and half of the amount could be withdrawn for study purpose. Remaining amount could be withdrawn when the girl reaches 21 years of age
+ There will be a rebate on income tax for the parents if they deposit an amount for their girl. Also, there will be no TDS on the amount.