DC asks officials to prompt the process of bringing back 500 drug dependents to mainstream

Also reviews PM Svanidhi scheme to provide subsidized bank loans to street vendors

Jalandhar, April 16-(STN) Under mission Red Sky, as many as 500 drug dependents to be brought back into the mainstream by ensuring employment opportunities to them, said Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Friday while reviewing the progress made under the scheme.

The DC said a proposal was under consideration to rope in Councillors and Sarpanches in this scheme so that a large number of identified beneficiaries could be benefited at the earliest. He said that a program would be started to impart skill training among the beneficiaries besides encouraging banks to sanction loans to them to start their own business.

Pointing out further Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal said that the district administration had directed 50 officials of various departments to identify 500 drug dependents, 10 of each to provide them job opportunities through skill development or training program.

He said that under this mission, each of the officials has identified 10 drug dependents that would be provided with various job opportunities besides enhancing their capabilities through skill development/training programs so that they can earn a livelihood like others.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner also reviewed the PM Svanidhi scheme which aimed at providing subsidized loans to street vendors. The DC asked MC officials and Local Bodies Officials to dispose of all pending files and flag the issue of delay on the part of banks in loan sanctions if any. He said any kind of laxity in this scheme would be highly unwarranted.