PANAJI: The government has notified the scheme for granting monthly financial assistance to the persons of Goan origin engaged in traditional occupation/ business, and the same would be implemented from April 1, 2013.
The Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Mahadev Naik, coming out with this information on Monday said that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar had made a mention of the particular scheme in his budget speech, last year, and as per this scheme, those eligible under the scheme could avail a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month.
Addressing a press conference at the Secretariat, the Minister for Social Welfare further said that those who want to avail the scheme should be the resident of Goa for at least 15 years, must be engaged in the traditional occupation/ business for a minimum period of 10 years, as also crossed the age of 50 years.
He also stated that the family income of the applicant from all sources should not exceed Rs 1.50 lakh and the beneficiaries need to submit registration document of the particular traditional occupation/ business from the concerned authority, besides copies of other documents like Aadhar card, ration card, birth certificate and so on.
Speaking further, Mr Naik said that the government intends to make a provision of Rs 10 crore for the scheme in the forthcoming budget. “Meanwhile, we are inviting applications from the desiring people to avail the scheme,” he added.
It was also informed that there are around 10,000 people in Goa working under various categories of the traditional occupation/ business. There are such 36 categories including chanekar, piddukkar, kaknakar, khajekar, foger, bhageli, padeli, render, barber, tailor, shoemaker, potter, sculptor, washer-man, motorcycle pilot and sausage makers among others.
The Minister for Social Welfare further informed that the government has notified Dhangar/ Gawali community under the ST category, so that its members can avail the seven schemes of the state government available for the ST community.
He also informed that the government intends to take a delegation to New Delhi, before the budget session of the state legislative assembly, so as to convince the central government to grant a Scheduled Tribe status to the Dhangar/ Gawali community from Goa.
Mr Naik also said that presently the government is providing financial assistance to 1.18 lakh people under the Dayanand Social Security Scheme, while 10,812 applications are pending under the scheme.