Himachal Pradesh Social Welfare Scheme /Programmes
The priority of the Government has always been to implement social welfare programmes that improve quality of life. Concerted efforts have been made to improve the efficiency and quality of delivery of public services. Some of the major public welfare schemes implemented during the year are:
There are 6.35 lakh social security pensioners in the State under social security pension scheme. Additionally 1,95,003 new pension cases have been approved by the present Government. The State Government in its first cabinet meeting on 27th December, 2017, reduced the age limit for getting old age pension from 80 years to 70 years without any income limit. This Pension is being provided to 3,07,000 old people above 70 years. The pension for the elderly aged 60 to 69 years was increased from ₹ 700 to ₹ 850 per month and for those aged 70 years and above, it was increased from ₹1,250 to ₹1,500 per month.
It is a program to improve transparency and good governance by establishing direct communication with the general public and solve their grievances and problems on the spot through public hearing. A total of 232 Jan Manchs have been organised till November, 2021 and of the 53,665 grievances received, 93 per cent have been resolved.
Chief Minister Seva Sankalp Helpline:
1100 helpline aims to solve all the grievances of the people of the State in a time bound manner through telephone and internet portal. Complaints are received through e-mail or service resolution from 7 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday, in the call centre helpline located in Shimla. A total of 3.21 lakh grievances were received and 86 per cent resolved under this helpline.
Swarna Jayanti Nari Sambal Yojana:
A higher social security pension of ₹ 1000 per month is provided to women of age between 65-69 years. 39,641 women have been benefitted under the scheme
Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha Yojana:
The yojana aims to empower women and protect environment by providing clean and smoke free fuel to the eligible families of the State who could not be included in Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Under the scheme, 3.24 lakh families were provided free connections out of which 2.39 lakh beneficiaries were given an extra gas refill. ₹119.90 crore has been spent.
Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana:
The objective of this scheme is to provide free gas connection to BPL families and safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel-liquefied petroleum gas. 1.36 lakh families were provided free gas connections by spending ₹21.86 crore.
Himachal Healthcare Scheme (HIMCARE):
The objective of this scheme is to provide free health treatment to the people of the State who are not included in the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Under this scheme, 5.13 lakh families were registered and 2.17 lakh people were given free treatment at a cost of ₹ 196.16 crore.
This scheme aims to provide free access to health insurance coverage for low income earners. 4.26 lakh families were provided golden cards. 1.16 lakh beneficiaries were given free treatment by spending ₹139.13 crore.
Atal Ashirwad Yojna:
Newborn babies born in the hospital are being given New Visitor Kit‘ (Navaagantuk kit) of about ₹1,200 to 2,07,364 beneficiaries costing ₹ 24.36 crore.
Chief Minister‟s Medical Assistance Fund:
This fund has been set up with the objective of providing medical assistance for the treatment of poor people suffering from serious diseases. Towards this objective, all the government hospitals of the State, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Government Hospital, Chandigarh and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi have been authorized. ₹10.46 crore for the treatment of 953 beneficiaries.
Chief Minister’s Free Medicine Scheme:
Under this scheme, free 1,374 medicines, injection needles and bandages etc. are being provided to patients in government health institutions of the State and about ₹216 crore have been spent.
Mukhyamantri Swavalamban Yojana:
The objective of this scheme is to encourage the youth of 18 to 45 years for self-employment. 18 new activities have been included in the scheme by providing relaxation of 5 years in upper age limit to women. 4862 projects sanctioned with an investment of ₹860 crore. 2593 units, with an investment of about ₹430 crore, have been established and provided employment to 7216 people. About ₹147 crore has been provided as subsidy.
Mukhyamantri Sahara Yojana:
The yojana aims to provide monthly financial assistance of ₹3000 to the patients suffering from serious diseases and to their attendants from the economically weaker sections directly in their bank accounts. ₹61.39 crore are being provided to 17,546 beneficiaries under the scheme.
Mukhyamantri Start-up Scheme:
It aims to promote entrepreneurship among the youth of the State. A livelihood allowance of ₹25,000 per month is provided to the trainees for 1 year and assistance of ₹30 lakh for 3 years to the incubation centers is provided. Under the scheme, 191 start-ups and
12 incubation centers have been benefitted at a cost of ₹11.35 crore.
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Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana:
Under this scheme a provision has been made to provide assistance of ₹ 51,000 to destitute women/girls for marriage and ₹28.15 crore have been spent on 6,224 beneficiaries.
Beti Hai Anmol Yojana:
The yojana aims to change the attitude towards daughters and empower them. ₹21000 is deposited in the names of the daughters for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. Upto two daughters per family can benefit from this scheme. So far, ₹32.94 crore has been given to 1,07,823 beneficiaries
Global Investors Meet:
With the aim of promoting industrialization and investment in the State, Global Investors Meet was organized, in which 703 MoUs worth ₹ 96,721 crore were signed. The first ground breaking ceremony of 236 projects worth ₹13,488 crore was held. The 2nd Ground-Breaking Ceremony was organized on 27th December 2021 at Mandi in which 287 MoUs with a proposed investment of ₹ 28,197 crore grounded. Direct/ indirect employment to 80,000 persons is expected under these projects.
Har Ghar Pathshala:
Under this scheme arrangements were made for online education to keep the academic activities smooth in all levels of government schools during the COVID-19 period. 1.92 lakh WhatsApp groups of students were created and 7,69,878 students participated.
Swarna Jayanti Super 100 scheme:
100 meritorious students studying in class 11th, who have secured the highest marks in class 10th, are being provided incentive amount of ₹1 lakh per student for training in vocational or any technical course.
Prakritik kheti-Khushhal Kisan Yojana:
Under this scheme emphasis is being laid on reducing the cost of production by promoting natural farming with an aim of eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and increasing the income of the farmers. Under the scheme ₹46.15 crore was spent for the benefit of 1,53,643 farmers covering an area of 9,192 hectare.
Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal Yojana:
Under this scheme, financial assistance is given to provide irrigation facility by constructing check dams and ponds at suitable places in the State. The government bears 100 per cent expenditure at the community level. 1,344 farmers have been benefitted and ₹83.40 crore was spent.
Chief Minister‟s Farm Protection Scheme and Mukhyamantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojana:
80 per cent subsidy on individual solar fencing, 85 per cent subsidy on group based solar fencing, 50 per cent on barbed and chain linked fencing and 70 per cent on composite fencing for protection of crops from wild animals and stray animals is being provided. 4,592 farmers have been benefitted by spending ₹ 150.52 crore.
Pradhanmantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana:
Under this scheme, an income support of ₹6,000 per year in three equal instalments will be provided to small and marginal land holding farmer families. About ₹1532.38 crore has been spent on more than 9.37 lakh farmers of the State under this Yojana
Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM):
It aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections. So far under JJM, 8.16 lakh of tap connections have been installed. The budget provision of ₹1429.08 crore was made in 2021-22.
Himachal Pushp Kranti Yojna:
Under this scheme, up to 85 per cent subsidy is given for setting up of poly house, poly tunnel etc. to promote commercial farming of flowers. Transportation charges for flowers have also been waived off. About ₹27.98 crore have been spent on 1,282 farmers
Himachal Pradesh Social Welfare Scheme /Programmes
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