Punjab Govt committed for welfare of masses: MLA Sanjay Talwar

Urges people to avail full benefit of govt welfare schemes

Punjab Govt committed for welfare of masses: MLA Sanjay Talwar
A function being held at Bachat Bhawan, Ludhiana.

Ludhiana: Ludhiana (East) MLA Mr Sanjay Talwar today said that the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government is committed for the welfare of masses and that is why, several welfare schemes have been started. He also urged the residents to avail full benefit of the welfare schemes so that they can become self dependent.

Mr Talwar said this while distributing sanction letters to beneficiaries, whose loans have been sanctioned by Punjab Backward Classes Land Development and Finance Corporation (Backfinco), during a function held at Bachat Bhawan, here today. 

An awareness camp to educate the masses about various welfare schemes of Backfinco was organised here today. MLA Mr Sanjay Talwar also asked the Backfinco officials to organise more such functions in different parts of the state so that maximum number of people can be benefitted. He said that the main aim of starting welfare schemes is that the Punjab government wants people to become self dependent.

While speaking on the occasion, Mr Mohd Gulab, Vice Chairman, Punjab Backward Classes Land Development and Finance Corporation, informed that with the aim of lifting the standard of living of backward classes and economically weaker sections of society, Backfinco was established in the year 1976. He informed that Backfinco provides loan at only 6% rate of interest to people hailing from backward classes and economically weaker sections of society for becoming self dependent.

He informed that the age limit of the target group is between 18-55 years and their annual income should be less than Rs 3 lakh (for both rural and urban areas). Besides, 50% of the loans would be given to those applicants whose annual family income is below Rs 1.5 lakh. He said that education loans are also provided to people from backward classes at 4% rate of interest per annum, whereas the rate of interest for girls is 3.5%. The repayment of loan is in 5 years, and the instalments start 6 months after the completion of the course.

He further stated that under the NBCFDC Scheme, an amount of Rs 6442.19 lakh is being distributed to 7857 beneficiaries under different welfare schemes till December 31, 2019. He informed that for year 2019-20, Backfinco has set a target of distributing loans worth Rs 741 lakh to 584 beneficiaries under the NBC scheme, whereas till January 24, 2020, loans amounting to Rs 4.76 crore has already been distributed to 287 beneficiaries.

Retired DGP Mr DR Bhatti, MC Councillor Mr Harkaran Singh Vaid, District Welfare Officer Mr Rajinder Kumar, besides several others were also present during the function.