Goa: Ruling coalition takes away all 4000 Ladli Laxmi forms
India Blooms News Service
Panaji, Aug 20 (IBNS) Twenty-eight legislators from the BJP-led coalition were distributed the Ladli Laxmi forms during its launch ceremony in Goa on July 6.
According to information by the state department of women and child welfare, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar took away the highest 500 forms. An equal number of forms were given to the women and child welfare minister Dilip Parulekar as well.
The government swept all 4000 forms printed in the first slot. This was the only reason why the department, which is the implementing agency of the scheme, did not possess a single form for the locals.
Meanwhile four BJP legislators Mahadev Naik, Francis D’Souza, Milind Naik and Dayanand Mandrekar were given 200 forms each. The remaining 22 MLAs and independents were given 100 forms each.
Parrikar had justified in the state legislative assembly why the ruling party MLAs were given the priority.
“Symbolically BJP MLAs will get it first because they won on the assurance that the party, if it comes to power, would come out with the scheme,” he was quoted as saying in response to rained criticism by the opposition benches.
Nine from the Congress and three independent legislators are yet to get the forms and Parrikar assured that more 16000 forms – under the process of being printed – will be distributed to the remaining MLAs.
The scheme of Rs one lakh, which was one of many expensive election promises by the BJP, covers all girls between 18 and 40 years of age. The implementation began from April 1, 2012.