Be sincere while applying for schemes, Biren appeals people

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has appealed to the public to be sincere and to abstain from making any false document while applying for any schemes or scholarships so that the benefit could reach the targeted and eligible beneficiaries.

Biren made the appeal at the launching programme of Chief Minister’s Covid-19 affected Livelihood Support Scheme held at the chief minister’s secretariat on Sunday.

Manipur government has been working sincerely with an aim to uplift the poor and weaker sections of the state. “The government is for the people and is always ready to serve them,” Biren said.

Informing that an officer of the social welfare department would be deputed to Manipur State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) Ltd., located at Old Assembly Road, he said public who have sincere will to start an activity for earning their livelihood could meet the officer stationed at the bank and avail loan without requiring any guarantor.

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Biren said the livelihood scheme was introduced considering economic dislocations, which had severely affected the livelihood of a large percentage of the population leading to an inability to maintain a basic minimum standard of living.

He mentioned that applications were invited for the scheme through a proper survey at the District levels and added that a total of 22,336 applications had been received so far including 13,651 from street vendors, 4,890 from transport drivers, 3,680 from van drivers and 145 artists. Out of the applications received, 7,943 had been verified and this first installment of Rs 2500 would be distributed to 6,276 applicants on Sunday bearing a total amount of around Rs 1.56 crore. The second installment for the same would be disbursed within September this year, he added.

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He informed that with sincere functioning of the government authorities more than Rs 2,000 crore had been invested in hill areas so far under Minorities and Other Backward Classes (MOBC) department for welfare and development of the hill districts. Stating that the role of sincere and dedicated leaders is very necessary in taking the state towards progress, he appealed to the public to elect leaders who aimed to work for their welfare, as their representatives.

Secretary to chief minister Ningthoujam Geoffrey stated that the mode of application for the scheme had been made simple so that applicants do not face any problem while applying. He appealed to the public to be sincere and apply for the scheme only when one is eligible to avail it so that the benefit could reach the targeted groups.

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During the function, financial assistance under Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Affected Livelihood Support Scheme was distributed to some selected beneficiaries consisting of street vendors, van drivers, public transport drivers and artists among others from different districts.

Regarding the pandemic, the chief minister expressed his belief that the pandemic must be one of the consequences of human activities that had destructed the balance of nature for the last many years. He appealed to the people to know the importance of nature and contribute in preserving it by planting trees so that we could minimize the occurrence of certain disasters in the future.

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