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Congress links tribal’s death in queue to new policy decision

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee linked the death of a tribal in Palghar district to state governments “insensitive” decision under which beneficiaries of its schemes are getting money in bank accounts only.

The state cabinet had last month approved a policy under which instead of benefits in kind, the cash component will be deposited in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries of different government schemes.

Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said one Dinsu Jadhav had to travel to Jawhar taluka from his Dhadpad village to claim Rs. 900 deposited in his bank account as a subsidy for a sweater for his son under a government scheme.

“Instead of getting sweater for Jadhav’s son, Rs. 900 was deposited in his bank account. To withdraw money, Jadhav travelled 25 kms form Dhadpad village to Jawhar recently. As he was standing in a queue outside a bank there for long, he fainted and passed away. This is a murder by the government,” Sawant said.

He said the Congress had criticised the cabinet decision earlier.

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