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The Government of Himachal Pradesh is planning to issue separate ration cards to single widows in the state to enable them draw benefits under various state social welfare programmes.
Announcing this, here, the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the ration card would be a valid document to reap this benefits.
He also said that the state government would be making all-out efforts to provide poor and deserving widows free medical treatment in the government hospitals.
Addressing a massive rally of the ‘Himachal Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan' in the state, Dhumal said that the state government is live to the social and economic problems of the widows and had been initiating effective steps to deliver them justice, social and economic security.
Dhumal informed that 237,250 widows, old age and handicapped were being provided social security cover and the fresh cases were also being scrutinised for final decision on priority so that fresh eligible candidates were also provided pension benefits.
He said that the pending cases of eligible widows would be cleared on priority and added that the state government was also providing cash award to the person marrying widows to help them lead socially a secure life.
The Chief Minister said that the state government was already providing free medical treatment to the members of Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) families, besides considering the cases of other deserving people sympathetically.
He assured that the tribal single women that the state would be the first to implement the Right to Property Act as amended suitably by the union government to provide equal right in the property to the tribal women of the state.