Health minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Monday said that of total 8.81 lakh beneficiary families under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), 4.79 lakh had smart cards, while there was over 30% duplicity in the list.
Replying to a question posed by Jairam Thakur, who was authorised by Manali legislator Govind Thakur, Kaul Singh said he had ordered the department to check the duplicity in the list and make smart cards of those who were left out.
He also informed the House that in the last two years, 73,199 smart card holders in the state were benefitted from the scheme, including 19,821 from Kangra (highest), 11,725 from Chamba and 9,168 from Shimla.
He also assured the House that the department would take up the issue of setting up an office in PGI, Chandigarh, so that RSBY beneficiaries could get assistance there also. Kaul Singh said the scheme was started in 2008-09 in two districts- Shimla and Kangra. He added that in 2010, all the districts were covered under the scheme. He also said 3.83 lakh beneficiary had the the smart cards till January 2013 and added that about 74,000 drivers, who could have been be covered under the scheme, had refused to make the smart cards.
Forest dept spends Rs 1.80 cr to remove creepers
Forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri on Monday informed the House that the government had kept Rs 1.80 cr to remove the creepers from trees in forests across the state. He said this in reply to a question posed by Sarkaghat legislator Inder Singh that creepers did not dry up the trees, but have adverse affect on its growth.
Mid-Himalayan Watershed Scheme extended upto March 2016
Forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri said as per the agreement with the World Bank, term of mid-Himalayan watershed scheme was extended upto March 2016 and that the state had forwarded a resolution to the Centre for extending the scheme upto March 2018.
In a written reply to the question posed by Nachan legislator Vinod Kumar, the minister said that under this scheme, Rs 7.83cr were allocated for Mandi district for 2014-15 and utpo February 28, this year around Rs 5.30cr were spent.
Rs 7 cr spent on maintenance of Shimla roads
Urban development minister Sudhir Sharma, in a written reply to question posed by Shimla legislator Suresh Bhardwaj, said that the town had 261 roads, including 218 roads having total length of 91.5 km with black top, while the other 43 of total 8.98km with pavement.
He said in 2013-14, around 2.43cr were spent on these roads, while in the current financial year around 4.62 cr were spent on the maintenance of these roads.