Monday, 18 November 2013

Awareness is key for successful implementation of Government Programmes: Kum. Selja Three-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign begins in Shahzadpur

Kumari Selja
The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Kumari Selja inaugurated the three-day Bharat Nirman Pubic Information Campaign in Shahzadpur, Amabala district today. The Campaign has been organized by the Press Information Bureau, Chandigarh- a media unit of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting- to provide detailed information on the major pubic welfare programmes of the Government of India.

Inaugurating the Campaign, the Minister said that most of the programmes of the UPA Government are right-based. She further said that the Centre has launched several developmental and welfare schemes/programmes for the masses in the last nine years under which huge sums of money are spent through the state governments, they being the line departments. 

But due to lack of awareness and information about these policies and programmes, the common man is not in a position to derive due benefit from these schemes. She further said that the officers must ensure that the benefits provided under the Right to Information, The Right to Education, The Right to Employment, the Food Security Act and other schemes reach the people in the right earnest. 

She appreciated the Press Information Bureau’s effort in creating awareness among masses about government schemes. The Minister expressed the hope that the Public Information Campaign will be of great help in creating awareness among people and thereby empowering them. The Minister said that Aadhar and the Direct Benefit Transfer schemes can create a revolutionary change in taking the government benefits to the public at large. 

Referring to the new initiatives of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, the Minister said that over 40 lakh students from the socially backward classes are getting benefited from the Pre-matric scholarship scheme for 9th and 10th standard students launched last year. Also the Centre has recently enacted a law for the rehabilitation of those engaged in scavenging. This Act will get operational on December 6, the death anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. To ensure development of the backward classes, the corpus of National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation has been raised to Rs. 1500 crore from Rs. 700 crores. 

Many Centre & State Government departments as well as Public Sector Undertakings have put up their exhibition-cum-stalls at the campaign. DAVP put up an Photo Exhibition of major policies and programmes of the government. The artists of Song & Drama Division made theme-based cultural presentations. 

Director PIB, Shri Ravinder Singh in his welcome addressed gave detailed information about the Campaign. 

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Choudhary Ram Kishan Gujjar and MLA Sadhura Shri Rajpal Bhukhri were present as special guests. Among others present on the occasion included Shri Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, PIB (NR), senior officers of various media units of the Ministry of I&B and officers of the District Administration. 

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