Jammu & Kashmir

5,600 Kashmiri families who have lost primary bread earners await financial assistance under Govt scheme

Gulzar Ahmed Mughloo’s wife and two sons, pose for a photograph outside their half constructed house in Salia Anantnag. The family had applied for Indira Awaas Yojana scheme that extends help to poor families in constructing their homes. However, the family did not get the full amount and is waiting for the second instalment. [FPK Photo/ Umar Khurshid]

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has failed to provide funds to 5,600 families living Below Poverty Line (BPL) in Kashmir under National Family Benefit Scheme.

The scheme covers families who have lost their primary bread earners.

In the Kashmir division at least 5,684 cases of the scheme were pending for the people of 18-59 years whose primary bread earner dies due to accident or natural cause, the documents reveal.

The figures reveal that till March-2020, the department of social welfare Kashmir has covered 9,175 cases and the net pendency was 5,540.

According to the department, the rate of assistance was Rs 20,000 with one-time benefit from GoI share only.

The official of the department said that financial assistance is being provided up to Rs 20,000 under GoI share and an equal contribution is mandatory for the state government to contribute.

The objective of the scheme is to ensure the social security of the households living below the poverty line. The payment is to be made to the widow or the unmarried daughter of the family

Similarly, the social welfare department says that under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension scheme (IGNOAPS), provides financial assistance to old aged persons of 60 years and above living below the poverty line (BPL).

The scheme is GoI sponsored and the equal funds are being shared by the GoI and state government for the person over 60 years of age.

According to the official figures, a total of 70,839 beneficiaries were sanctioned with Rs 1000 as a rate of pension per beneficiary per month.


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