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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Govt to hike Griha Aadhar to Rs 1,500

Panaji: With an eye on the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP-led state government announced that it will hike the amount given to women under the Griha Aadhar scheme by 300 from next month. The government is also exploring the possibility of giving subsidies for buying pulses to woo voters.
It has also increased the age limit to avail Ladli Laxmi scheme from 40 years to 45 years. Addressing a gathering of around 500 women at the BJP mahila morcha meeting in Panaji, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said the BJP government started the Griha Aadhar scheme for women who were fighting with high inflation.

He also said when the scheme was launched beneficiaries used to get Rs 1,000. Later on, at the request of the party's women's wing and on the government completing two years in office, the amount given under the scheme was increased to Rs 1,200, Parsekar added.
The chief minister said that he had received suggestions that the government should consider increasing the amount under Griha Aadhar scheme. In his budget speech, Parsekar had announced an increase in the amount given under Griha Aadhar scheme.
"As we have promised. From October onwards we will increase the amount given under Griha aadhar to Rs 1,500," Parsekar said. The announcement was received with much applause by the women's wing members. He also said that the October payment would be release by the end of October, before Diwali.
He said that the government is examining whether there can be some mechanism through which the government can distribute some pulses, which are currently being sold at high prices. "We will take some concrete decision on giving subsidy to high-rate pulses after consulting some women who are housewives," he added.
The chief minister said that the BJP government launched Ladli Laxmi scheme in the state so that a new born girl is welcomed. He also said that they had received some suggestions that there are some women who are not married and have crossed 40 years of age and they should be also considered under the scheme. "Why they should lose the opportunity? Why they should be deprived of the opportunity? So we have increased the age limit from 40 years to 45 years. Implementation has already begun," he added.

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