Pune Corporation to reconsider all welfare schemes 

Ashish Jadhav
Saturday, 12 August 2017

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to take a review of all public welfare schemes and to reconsider the eligibility criteria set for beneficiaries of these schemes. The decision was taken at the weekly Standing Committee meeting held on Tuesday. 

The civic administration had tabled a proposal before the Standing Committee for reallocation of funds of over Rs 7.78 crore for implementing the public welfare schemes for physically challenged, widows, destitute, senior citizens, etc. 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to take a review of all public welfare schemes and to reconsider the eligibility criteria set for beneficiaries of these schemes. The decision was taken at the weekly Standing Committee meeting held on Tuesday. 

The civic administration had tabled a proposal before the Standing Committee for reallocation of funds of over Rs 7.78 crore for implementing the public welfare schemes for physically challenged, widows, destitute, senior citizens, etc. 

Since the NCP came to power in the PMC 10 years back, it started implementing public welfare schemes in order to attract particular sections of the society and appease them with public welfare schemes by spending taxpayers' money. 

However, the Standing Committee headed by the BJP which deals with financial affairs, decided to take review of all these welfare schemes to reset the criteria for the beneficiaries of the schemes. “Many a times citizens who are well to do reap the the benefits of the schemes and the original beneficiaries remain away from the benefits. We want to streamline the system so only the needy will be benefited by the schemes,” Standing Committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol said. 

Every year the PMC has to spend crores of rupees on these welfare schemes and the number of beneficiaries is constantly on the rise putting pressure on the public exchequer. 

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