Screening of fake South Goa DSSS applicants begins
After catching government servants red-handed, enjoying benefits of Dayanand Social Security Scheme (DSSS), the State government has now begun screening fraudulent applicants from South Goa. The Department of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation has already begun a water-tight survey in the talukas of South Goa district to find illegal beneficiaries due to whom funds allotted under the scheme were exhausted. The survey officials were recently given all required information and training by the Department of Social Welfare, which is the implementing agency of welfare schemes.
“The report will be submitted to the government and if anyone is found to be illegally gaining benefits, government will decide on the action to be initiated,” an officer said. Currently, the highest number of 25,435 beneficiaries are availing the benefit under the scheme in Salcete. Mormugao has 8,760 and Quepem has 7,804 registered beneficiaries. Sanguem, including Dharbandora, has 5,868 and Canacona has the least number of beneficiaries ~ 4,860. The survey has been completed more than a year after the North Goa district survey in 2011. HERALD had first exposed in March 2012 that 14 government servants were enjoying DSS benefits despite being in service.
The survey had also detected that that 919 beneficiaries’ annual income was more than Rs 20,000 per annum as against the then Rs 12,000 per annual slab prescribed in the scheme. [NT]