Backward Classes Welfare Department, Purulia

 

Common Facility Centres (CFC)

 

The Backward Classes Welfare Department has recently decided to introduced an Innovative Scheme from the Government of India for providing assistance to the tribal people towards obtaining different benefits and facilities provided by the Government.

Under this scheme, 5 Common Facility Centres (CFC) will be set up in 5 Blocks viz. Bandwan, Manbazar-II, Hura, Balarampur and Kashipur dominated by tribal population at a total cost of Rs. 5.60 Crore granted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India. These CFCs will be manned by educated tribal youth. 50 per cent of such youth will be women.

 

The objective of these centres is to provide assistance to common tribal people towards making available and filling up of forms for caste certificates, for individual loans, scholarships, grants and all other facilities provided by the government to them and to guide them for obtaining such benefit. Adequate infrastructure like computers, fax, telephone, photocopier, printer, internet connection etc. will be available at the Centre. The services can be availed by the tribal people at a marginal service charge. Even SCs and other Non-Tribals will also be able to use the services.

Technical assistance by retired BCW Inspectors will be provided for a certain period. The operators will be adequately trained to provide this service. The Centres would come up at selected Block headquarters. The scheme is likely to be operational within this financial year.

 

(Source: PO cum DWO, BCW, Purulia)