PTG Dakia Yojana in Jharkhand
The government under the leadership of Narendra Modi has taken many initiatives to improve the condition of poor and the backward classes in the nation. In that light, the central and the state governments of many states have been working on implementing reforms for the illiterate and poor tribes, in the respective areas. One such scheme, launched by the government, in the state of the Jharkhand is known as PTG Dakia Yojana and it will assist the state authority in bringing food (rice grains) to the selected tribes in the state.
Launch Details of the scheme
The official announcement of the PTG Dakia Yojana in the state of the Jharkhand was made by the Chief Minister, Raghubar Das, in the month of April, 2017. It has also been announced by the respective government departments that the task of successfully implementing the task will be statured from May. All the responsibilities and tasks, falling under the program will be monitored by the Food and Civil Supplies Department.
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What is PTG Group?
Before digging deep in to the features and purpose of the scheme, it is important to know about what is meant by the term “PTG.” The term PTG is the full form for Primitive Tribal Group. It is used to mark those backward, illiterate and very poor tribes in the areas of Jharkhand. These condition of these tribal groups us very bad. Due to the lack of employment opportunities, they find it difficult make the ends meet. With the help of this program, the government wants to make sure that all the selected tribal families, falling in the PGT group, are food grain (rice) free of any charges. It will ensure that they do not go to bed on an empty stomach.
Purpose of the scheme
The main purpose of the PTG Dakia Yojana is to provide the poor and backward families, belonging to the PTG with 35 kg of rice on a monthly basis. The rice will be provided to each of the families free of cost. The program will assist the government in providing food grains for the families and they will at least have food in their stomachs. All the 70,000 households will be provided with the free food grains direct to their homes.
Eligibility for the scheme
The following are the eligibility criteria for registering under the PTG Dakia Yojana:
- Only those families, which fall under the Primitive Tribal Group and have been recognized as poor, will be able to get the benefit of the scheme. The families will be provided with free rice.
- It is mandatory for the people to be the legal residents of the state in which the scheme has been implemented. Thus, only the people of Jharkhand, Bihar will be able to get the benefits of the program.
- As per the guidelines of the program, only those PTG families will be able to register under the program, which have an income of not more than Rs. 1000 on a monthly basis. Thus, it is mainly for the betterment of the poor.
- For getting the application granted, the families will have to belong to any one of the eight groups, which have been highlighted by the state government. The selected tribes are Asur, Paharia (Baiga), Birhor, Birajiya, Sabar, Mal Pahariya Korwa, and Souriya Paharia.
Key features of the scheme
The following are the salient features of the PTG Dakia Yojana:
- Under the program, the PTG families of the state of Jharkhand and some of the areas of Bihar will be provided with rice grains to ensure the survival of the tribal people, living in these parts,
- According to the announcement of the government, the program will provide free packet of rice to each of the families. The weight of each packet will be 35kg. The packets for rice distribution will be made by the women operated self-help associations.
- As most of the families consist of frail women, children and elderly people, it has been decided that the rice packets will be directly to the door steps of the selected families.
- Under the program, the government will bring about as many as 70,000 families and provide free food grains to them.
Covered area of the scheme
Under the program, the government will assist around 70,000 families in acquiring free food grain. According to the latest announcement, the program will be implemented mainly in the state of Jharkhand and Bihar. Godda, Palamu and Sahebganj are the main three districts in the state that will be brought under the program. All the areas of the state have an average of 5000 families but the concentration of the PTG families in these particular three districts is as high as 7000. There are a total of 32 tribal groups, residing in the areas. But the members of all these tribes have not been selected under the program. Asur, Paharia (Baiga), Birhor, Birajiya, Sabar, Mal Pahariya Korwa, and Souriya Paharia are the eight tribes that have been selected to be registered under the project.
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With the launch and implementation of the scheme, the government is taking a bold step towards making matters better for the neglected tribal families. As they do not have a lot of opportunities for income and the area is not very fertile for supporting agriculture, the tribal people do not have the means to getting hold of nutritious food. With the implementation of the PTG Dakia Yojana, at least the tribal families will get two decent meals of rice a day. Now, the state authorities will have to make sure that the benefits reach the targeted population and bring about a positive change in their lives.