Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is set to participate in the ‘Shasan Apya Dari’ campaign organized by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in collaboration with the Maharashtra state government. The campaign aims to bring government services and benefits directly to the doorstep of the beneficiaries. The event will take place in Thergaon on June 16, with Chief Minister Shinde also unveiling the statue of Shri Mahatma Basaveshwar Maharaj in Nigdi.
The program will be attended by prominent figures including Chandrakant Patil, the State Higher and Technical Education Minister and Pune District Guardian Minister, MP Supriya Sule, Shrirang aka Appa Barane, Dr. Amol Kolhe, MLA Uma Khapare, Sangram Thopte, Anna Bansode, Mahesh Landge, Ashwini Jagtap, Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, District Collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, and Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey.
During the ‘Shasan Apya Dari’ initiative, various certificates and benefits will be distributed free of cost to eligible beneficiaries. The event will take place at a specially constructed mandap near Padmaji Paper Mill in Thergaon. The certificates to be distributed include income certificates, voter registrations, resident certificates, land records, birth certificates, caste certificates, age certificates, domicile and nationality certificates, women reservation certificates, and senior citizen certificates. Services such as Aadhaar card updates and corrections, linking voter ID cards with Aadhaar cards, ration card-related changes, Sanjay Gandhi Niradadhar Anudan Scheme, economically weaker sections certificates, and non-criminal certificates will also be provided.
Chief Minister Shinde will personally distribute these benefits to the beneficiaries of welfare schemes implemented through the PCMC’s Social Development Department. Notably, the PCMC has introduced the Divyang Kalyankari Yojana and Niramay Arogya Bima Yojana, aimed at providing support to mentally challenged, cerebral palsy, and multi-disabled individuals in the city. This makes Pimpri Chinchwad the first municipality in Maharashtra to implement such schemes. The initiatives include covering the annual insurance premium of Rs 500 for each beneficiary citizen, providing medical treatment up to Rs 1 lakh annually.
In addition, financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh will be provided to disabled students pursuing higher education in fields like medicine and engineering. Financial aid based on needs and type of disability will also be extended for purchasing suitable equipment. The municipality will offer financial assistance of up to 50 percent of the sanctioned bank loan or up to Rs 1 lakh to disabled individuals for business ventures. Various financial assistance schemes for women pursuing higher education and self-help groups will also be implemented.
The campaign will also focus on providing direct benefits to students in classes I to VIII through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), with amounts ranging from Rs 3,500 to Rs 3,700 for school materials. Furthermore, the PCMC has implemented the Gharkul scheme to provide housing for economically weaker sections, with the allocation of flats in progress.
The event will not only facilitate the distribution of certificates and benefits but also honor the legacy of Shri Mahatma Basaveshwar Maharaj with the unveiling of his statue in Nigdi. The statue, covering an area of approximately 3,150 square meters, has been accompanied by a landscaped surrounding area and a boundary wall.
The ‘Shasan Apya Dari’ campaign aims to make government services more accessible and ensure that eligible individuals receive the benefits they are entitled to. This initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to the welfare of its citizens and the efforts made to improve their quality of life.