SEC asks Puri collector to reply on launching of Harischandra Yojana

Puri: The State Election Commission (SEC) has issued notice to Puri collector asking him to reply on launching of the State government’s recently announced Harischandra Yojana on Independence Day even as the model code of conduct for the urban local bodies polls is in force. The collector has been ordered to respond by Saturday 5 pm.
According to sources, three days after the election commission announced model code of conduct for the municipal elections, Puri collector kicked off the Harischandra Yojana by providing financial assistance to nine poor families for last rites of their kin under the scheme.
Even as the code of conduct has restricted launching of any type of government sponsored schemes till the completion of elections in all urban bodies, the new scheme was started officially in the tourist town in which nine families were benefitted.
The scheme was declared by the State government in order to assist poor and destitute families to perform last rites of their family members and cremation of unclaimed bodies.
The funds would be placed with Gram Panchayats, NACs, Municipalities and Municipal Corporation to the tune of Rs 20,000, Rs 60,000, Rs 1lakh and 3 lakh respectively every year. The Sarpanchas, Chairpersons or Mayors would decide the deserving people for grant of the assistance. While the Sarapanchas can sanction assistance of Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 in rural areas, the Chairperson or the Mayor can grant between Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 in urban areas.