Former Punjab Minister and present MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the Punjab government was committed to extend the benefits of public welfare schemes to every person and continuous efforts were being made to make the people aware about these schemes.Addressing during the Suwidha Camp here at District Administrative Complex, Mr. Sidhu specifically referred to the scheme of allotting plots of five Marlas each to the needy. He said that he took up the matter with the Chief Minister to ease out the norms to extend the benefits to everyone. He said that he met with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and demanded relaxation of the terms and conditions so that maximum number of people could avail the benefits of the scheme. Talking about Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna, he said that this scheme has become a major source of relief to the people as it provides free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh per family to the beneficiaries in public hospitals as well as private hospitals.
Stressing on the need to sensitize people about the various welfare schemes, the MLA said that the government has taken a big initiative to conduct Suwidha Camps so that the benefits of the government schemes could be provided at one place. He said that around 4000 beneficiaries had availed benefits of various schemes till October 28 during these Suvidha Camps held at sub division level across the district. On the occasion Mr. Sidhu also distributed job cards of MGNREGA scheme, Pension approval letters and consent letters of various schemes to the beneficiaries. During the Camp, various departments also set up stalls to provide benefits of various welfare services to people on the spot.Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Deputy Commissioner Ms. Isha Kalia, Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) Ms. Komal Mittal, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Mr. Kamal Kumar Garg and SDM Harbans Singh.