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BATHINDA: The village panchayats are convening sessions of gram sabha to identify persons having no roof under Peoples’ Plan Campaign. Those selected will benefit from United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) ‘roof for all’, a poverty alleviation programme.

Punjab government had asked the district units of the rural development and panchayat department to convene special sessions of gram sabha from October 2 to take up the campaign. The state government plans to provide five marla plots to roofless from the common village lands in villages.

The district rural development officials started the identification process on Gandhi Jayanti on Saturday which will continue for a week. A few days ago, chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi had promised to provide plots to those who have no source of living.

Labourer organisations Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Mazdoor Mukti Morcha and some others had been raising the demand and had taken up the matter with the state government.

On Thursday, rural development and rural department director Manpreet Singh Chhatwal wrote to district officials to reach out to village panchayats to call sessions and identify beneficiaries without fail. The sources told that the state government want to complete process before next assembly elections.

Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union general secretary Lachman Sewewala said, “We are taking up the matter with panchayats and officials to get the identification of beneficiaries in a timely manner so that every deserving persons get the plot and no one is left out. We will approach the state government to extend the date to complete the process if it is not completed in a week as nearly 13,000 village panchayats have to identify the beneficiaries and pass the resolutions.”

Barnala ADC (development) Naval Kishor, who was appointed as nodal officer for 11 districts for various demands of labourers, said, “The process of convening sessions of gram sabhas will start from Saturday and we are hopeful to complete it in timely manner to provide plots to the roofless.”

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