Griha Aadhar to be implemented today


Goa government’s Griha Aadhar scheme, which was launched three months ago, to provide Rs 1,000 per month to housewives to cope with inflation, will formally, be implemented from Friday when 7703 beneficiaries from six talukas will receive sanction letters. 
Minister for Women and Child Development Dilip Parulekar told a press conference Thursday that beneficiaries from talukas hit by the mining ban have been given preference as assured by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. 
The highest number of 1183 beneficiaries from Bicholim taluka will be given sanction letters followed by 1120 in Sanguem, 870 in Ponda, 818 in Salcete, whereas 566 and 359 sanction letters will be distributed to women from Bardez and Tiswadi, respectively. 
The Minister for Women and Child Development said that department has received 28,450 applications. 
Of the total, 12,000 applications scrutinized, 7703 beneficiaries will get sanction letters on Friday. The remaining are under scrutiny, he informed. 
The department proposes to sanction benefits up to 15,000 applicants in a month. A beneficiary has to submit fresh income certificate, residential proof and life certificate among other documents and conditions to avail benefits under the scheme. 
The government has already earmarked Rs 150 crore for this scheme for the current year. 
HDFC Bank has been co-opted to disburse the benefit amount to beneficiaries through it branches across the State. 
While responding to a question about inconvenience faced by applicants to obtain certificates from the Mamlatdar offices, Parulekar said the government is strengthening the staff strength through fresh recruitments which will help expedite the issuing of certificates. 
He also conceded that certain gazetted officers are reluctant to certify income certificates.  [H]