Ranchi: In a pro poor move, the Jharkhand government has decided to distribute 30,000 bicycles and sewing machines among the people belonging to economically weaker sections of society.

This decision was taken in the state Cabinet meeting here on Saturday. The Cabinet also decided to deposit Rs 5,000 under the Fixed Deposits (FD) plan in the name of girl child born in the family living under Below Poverty Line (BPL).

Scholarships would be provided to the children of labourers engaged in the construction work. In addition to it, the labourers can avail of free tools and Janshree insurance scheme benefit.
   
Labour Minister Chandra Prakash said, “The distribution of bicycles would be started from August 1, in which 10,000 bicycles would be doled out to the women of age group in 18-45 years. They can choose either bicycle or sewing machine.”

The registration is going on for the selection of beneficiaries in several categories, added the Minister.

National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been implemented in all districts of the state. Bidi labourers, porters, rickshaw pullers, domestic servants and vendors have been covered under the scheme.

JPN/Bureau