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More than four thousand children who have lost their parents or either of them during the Kovid period in the country have joined the Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana, but due to lack of verification, they are still deprived of benefits. The reason is the exclusion of revenue sub-inspectors of Dehradun associated with the Uttarakhand Lekhpal Association from additional work.

Now a week is left for the completion of the stipulated time limit for the process of the scheme, but the government has not made any alternative arrangement to complete the verification. In order that no eligible child should be left out from getting the benefits of the scheme, the government had extended the application date till 31 May, but the revenue sub-inspectors, who were handling the work of verification of children, boycotted the work from 21 April.

In fact, due to lack of sufficient number of revenue sub-inspectors in the state, they have additional work of verification in more than two areas. They are angry because of the overwork and pressure to complete the work within the stipulated time frame.

Revenue sub-inspectors were not recruited in the state for six years. Half the posts are vacant. The work pressure on them is high. There is also a lack of resources. How can someone work more than capacity? Hukam Chand Pal, State President, Uttarakhand Lekhpal Association

Revenue sub-inspectors were divided into Lekhpal areas in 1982. The population of these areas has increased manifold since then, but the Patwari area remains the same even today. The situation is such that an employee has additional work of two to three Patwari areas. -Sangat Singh Saini, District President Lekhpal Association

In this matter, orders will be issued from the government level to the district magistrates on Wednesday to take a decision from their level. Where there is such a problem, the employees should speak directly to the DM. Hari Chandra Semwal, Secretary Women Empowerment and Child Development

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