Chandigarh, March 8

With the interference of the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission, 11 beneficiaries of Shahkot will get the shops after the long gap of 25 years.

Divulging the details, the Chairperson of the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission, Mrs. Tejinder Kaur said that a scheme was initiated in the year of 1990 with the objective of rehabilitating the manual scvangers. The motive of this initiative was to create new job opportunities for people who indulged in work of manual scavenging. Mr. Naresh Kumar S/O Hari Krishan resident of New Green Market Neela Mehal of district Jallandhar had lodged a written complaint to the Commission in this regard. Member of Commission Mr. Gyan Chand Deewali and Mr. Prabhdeyal Rampur has investigated the matter and they found that this complaint has been based on facts and the beneficiaries were not benefitted due to political interference.

Taking action on this, Chairperson Tejinder Kaur has directed the local bodies department to repair these shops and give possession to the beneficiaries within three months.

She said that the concerned department has admitted in its report that 35 people had been identified for the allotment of shops in 1994, but only 11 are now present, so these shops would be allotted to them.

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