Welfare schemes are meant only for the underprivileged sections, Manipur Social Welfare director Ng Uttam said on Tuesday in view of some economically sound people availing the government beneficiary schemes.
The social welfare director was speaking at the "Social Empowerment and Inclusion Programme" organised jointly by the Social Welfare department and the Composite Regional Centre, Imphal at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen in Imphal East.
Sharing his observation on the success stories published in media, Uttam said most of those successful entrepreneurs said that they did not get any aid from the government.
“What is the need of government aid by those successful persons?” he questioned and suggested that they should instead support the government by helping those who are in need.
The director also pointed out that the different of names, date of birth and address in the documents of the beneficiaries is also one of the major factors which causes difficulties to avail benefits of the schemes.
Informing that every government official is entitled to adopt an Anganwadi Centre, he informed that in this way the government officials can provide stationery items, dietary supplements, support the Anganwadi workers in taking up rhymes training or even provide rhymes teachers.
Such initiatives will help to improve the Anganwadi centres across the state, he said, apprising all the Anganwadi workers to operate the centres like the daycare centres.
The officials of the Social Welfare department are also ready to adopt any Anganwadi centres for full-fledged functioning of Anganwadi centres across the state, he added.
Uttam also announced that the state government is planning to introduce state level awards for outstanding Anganwadi workers and centres.
He lauded the students of Ideal Blind School and Deaf and Mute School of Takyalpat, Imphal West who came out with 100 pass percentages in class 10 examinations.
The director lastly apprised the PwD students to take the opportunity of the pre-matric scholarship which provides an amount of Rs 11,000 to 12,500 every year.
Social Welfare Minister H Dingo, who attended the function as chief guest, assured that his department will support all the people who are in need at its best level.
Students of special schools and CNCP who successfully cleared the HSLC examination were also felicitated and appliances such as artificial limbs and other aids were also provided to the PwDs as a part of the programme.
Moreover, the minister also virtually inaugurated 16 model Agganwadi centres across the state. The function was presided over by additional chief secretary (Social Welfare) P Vaiphei.