: The first mass contact programme held here on Thursday benefitted 375 people from different segments, who received welfare assistance to the tune of Rs 44.53 lakh.

District Collector Anshul Mishra and team of officers from various departments had arranged the mega – “meet the people” event at panchayat union level at the Yadava College campus.

As many as 8000 people came and attended the camp, where free medical camp was conducted for the public. Apart from government hospital, leading private sector hospitals also participated and explained the features of government schemes offered to the people, particularly, those Below Poverty Line. A 62-year-old woman who required immediate admission as in-patient was referred to Apollo Speciality Hospital after the matter was referred to the Collector.

Distributing the assistance issued by the Differently-Abled Welfare Department, the Collector also gave away powered motorcycle, cheques under marriage assistance scheme, incentives to farmers under the ATMA (Agriculture Technology Management Agency) project, sprayers and power tillers to beneficiaries through Horticulture Department. Over 100 petitioners who had sought Old Age Pension (OAP) were given approval orders at the camp and around 100 public received ration cards from the Collector.

The Transport department officials conducted tests for applicants seeking Learners’ Licence and around 50 persons received the LLR from Mr. Anshul Mishra. Many petitioners who had sought legal assistance on claims from insurance schemes were rendered legal opinion through the District Legal Services Authority advocates. The Department of Information and Public Relations officials had put up an expo.