AIZAWL, Aug 6 - Going by the high percentage of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the State, the much-hyped Mizoram Government’s flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP) has done very little in uplifting the poor during the last nine years, according to Mizoram unit of BJP.
“Nine years after the Congress Government launched NLUP, which has a proclaimed objective of removing poverty, there are still 56,584 families living below poverty line, who account for 19.62 per cent of the total families in Mizoram. This is one of the highest BPL percentages in India,” Mizoram BJP media chairman Lalrozara said at a press conference here today.
He said during 2010-2015, the Mizoram Government spent Rs 2,873.13 crore and covered 1,30,000 families of the total 2,80,000 families in Mizoram.
“The high number of BPL families indicates that the NLUP has done nothing to remove poverty,” the BJP media chairman said.
He also pointed out that the Mizoram Government has not conducted any survey to make assessment on the success or failure of its flagship programme, which is “surprising.” “The Mizoram Government does not have any data to base its claims on the success of NLUP,” he added.
Lalrozara mentioned that the success rate of NLUP, when the then Congress Government first took it up before 1998, was seven per cent as per records available with the Rural Development department.
The BJP media chairman also criticised anomalies in the process of selection of beneficiaries and disbursement of funds in the NLUP, the very reason which the Gauhati High Court has recently stayed it.
In all social welfare schemes under the Central Government and State Governments, village panchayats, authorised officials and gram sabhas select beneficiaries. “If the MLAs should select beneficiaries, allocation of business needs to be passed in the State Assembly. However, there can be no provision to allow non-MLAs or non-officials to select beneficiaries for a government scheme,” he said.
The Mizoram Government has allegedly authorised Congress MLA candidates who did not get elected to select beneficiaries in the constituencies they formerly contested. This was one of the points social activist Vanramchhuangi complained in the High Court.
The BJP media chairman demanded the Mizoram Government to immediately adopt transparency in the selection of beneficiaries and continue to disburse fund to the deserving people.