Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the state government launched biometric scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) people.
It would be hiking the present compensation of Rs 600 being paid to them.
However Anusaya Baban Katkare became the first person in the state to get the benefit of the biometric system of special assistance programme launched yesterday by the Chief Minister at Binar in Bhiwandi tehsil of Thane district.
Six persons were given the biometric card marking the 51st anniversary of the foundation of Maharashtra state.
However the programme aims at using biometric system for disbursement of money to the needy citizens below poverty line and would cover around 1.75 lakh people from three districts of Thane, Beed and Kolhapur in initial stage.