Following intense pressure from Opposition benches, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today conceded that the forms of Ladli Lakshmi scheme would be made available in the banks. The Opposition benches, during the State Legislative Assembly session today questioned government?s wisdom to hand over the forms to MLAs. They alleged that few BJP MLAs were insisting that the beneficiaries of this scheme should fill the party membership form before they get the form of the scheme.
‘Ladli Lakshmi’ is a flagship scheme of BJP led government under which girls between 18-40 years of age are given an amount of Rs one lakh for their wedding. Responding to the volley of questions raised by the Opposition benches, Parrikar said the forms would be made available in the banks, which are funding this scheme. He also said the signature of MLA is not mandatory on the form to get the benefit of the scheme. “If MLA signs then well and good, but if there is no signature of MLA, then department will have its own mechanism to verify the authenticity of the applicant,” the CM said.
Goa government has already received a legal notice from social activist Aires Rodrigues on the issue, challenging the clause which makes signature of a MLA necessary on the form.