BJP chief JP Nadda

Imphal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Jagat Prakash Nadda launched ‘Go to Village 2.0’ at Ngaikhong Khunou in Manipur’s Bishnupur district amid much fanfare on Friday.

Nadda is on a two-day visit to chalk out plans for the upcoming Manipur legislative assembly elections next year.

The Go to Village Mission, which is an initiative of Chief Minister N Biren Singh-led government to ensure delivery of services and benefits of welfare schemes at the people’s doorstep, was put on hold for some period due to COVID-19 pandemic. The mission had been revived as ‘Go to Village 2.0’.

BJP chief JP Nadda

The programme provides last-mile delivery of various government services, said CM Biren Singh

Speaking on the occasion, CM N Biren Singh said the Go to Village mission was introduced to ensure the benefit of different schemes, taken up under the supervision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, reach its targeted beneficiaries.

He said the Centre has also decided to extend distribution of free ration under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMKGAY) till March, 2022.

Singh said the state government has introduced the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) scheme for those who are not in the Socio-Economic Caste Census and cannot avail the benefits of Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

He said eligible people could now avail the benefit of free treatment of certain diseases up to Rs 2 Lakh and Rs 5 lakh under CMHT and Ayushman Bharat, respectively. He also stressed that with the ‘Go to Village’ Mission, the hardships faced by people while availing benefits of welfare schemes would be eased.

BJP chief JP Nadda

The CM added that the state had witnessed development in different sectors including roads, water supply, health and education, among others, in the last four and half years.

He also urged the people to avail maximum benefit from the programme by visiting each stall and gathering information of different schemes.

The CM also announced that the Youth Affairs and Sports Department is in process to improve the infrastructure of Ngaikhong Khunou playground.

During the programme, benefits under different welfare schemes including CMHT cards, hearing aids, free ration under PMGKAY, smartphones under Chief Minister’s College Maheiroi e-Support Scheme, LPG connections under Ujjwala scheme, Old Age Pension and Widow Pension scheme among others were distributed to the beneficiaries.

Go to Village 2.0 for Bishnupur District was organised by District Administration, Bishnupur and will continue till November 28. Around 68 stalls from 33 departments, including banks, have been set up at the venue to provide services to the district’s people.

BJP chief JP Nadda

Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik, works minister Th Biswajit, education minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, agriculture minister Oinam Lukhoi, CAF and PD minister Thokchom Satyabrata, Assam’s Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Ashok Singhal, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, Pradhans, Members of Zila Parishads, Administrative Secretaries and other Officials of Government of Manipur attended the programme among others.

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