Imphal, December 2: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh today cracked the whip against those who are misusing various government schemes despite hailing from well-to-do families or being government employees.
“A large number of deserving people/households are not getting benefits under different these government schemes,” Singh said, while attributing it to irregularities in data collection and dishonesty of the officials concerned.
“Many well-to-do individuals and families are found enjoying government benefits meant for poor people, labour class and other weaker sections of the society. As such, this lot posing as beneficiaries should surrender their fake beneficiary cards before the government takes action against them,” he reiterated.
t is a matter of concern that 36 per cent of the population of the state is still under Below Poverty Line (BPL), though the per-head fund provided by the Centre to the state is three times higher when compared to the bigger states, the CM said.
“If any well-to-do or government employee is wrongfully enjoying benefit under a government scheme, it can be well assumed that he/she has deprived the right or benefit from a deserving/poor person,” he added.