Life is not a bed of roses. Hundreds of problems but a little help always goes a long way. The Social Welfare Department has some good schemes for almost every category of people.
Tehsil Social Welfare Officer Jammu, Manjeet Singh had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Mohinderjeet Singh. He talked about various schemes from the Social Welfare Department and discussed their benefits.
Q. Sir, many people lost their loved ones due to covid-19 virus. Are there any schemes launched by the Department for them?
As the name says, Social Welfare Department works for ‘welfare’ of people. For families who lost their members due to covid-19 virus, the Department has launched a Special Assistance Scheme for Covid Moralities (Saksham).
As per the scheme, if a male family members who is the bread earner for the family succumbs to covid-19, his spouse would get widow pension and the eldest member of the family can get covered in pension scheme too. Apart from this, their kids can be benefited by Scholarship schemes.
I feel this is a really good step by the Government and people must be aware of such schemes.
Q. How can people approach and apply for this scheme? Also, what documents are required for this?
Deputy Commissioners of respective districts have been authorised for identifying beneficiaries. Since the scheme has been organised by Social Welfare Department, people can visit the office at Tehsil or District level and clear their queries about the documents. We would forward their documentation to concerned authorities.
Q. What pension schemes are currently being run by the Department and in how many categories?
We broadly classify pension schemes in 3 categories. Old age schemes, widow schemes and third is for the disabled people. This is headed by UT Government as Integrated Social Security Scheme and under Government of India as National Social Assistance Program. In both the schemes, pension amount is Rs. 1,000 per month.
Q. What are the documentations required for these schemes?
Let’s take Old Age scheme for example. The UT Government has set the criteria of minimum 55 years of age for females and 60 years of age for males. Apart from this, Aadhaar card, Ration card and JK Bank or JK Grameen Bank account number. If someone belongs to BPL category, he/she doesn’t have to show any income proof. Otherwise has to contact concerned Tehsil office for income certificate.
After the documentation is done, currently 4 Social Welfare Department offices are working in Jammu. One is SWD Akhnoor, SWD Bishnah, SWD RS Pura and SWD Jammu.
Q. Talking about disabled people, some of them need things like wheelchairs. Does the Department provide it?
Of course, yes! Apart from the amount of Rs. 1,000 they receive as pension under the scheme, the Department provides differently abled people with prosthetic aids like wheelchairs, hearing aid, tricycles etc, time to time. There have been times when the Department has provided such things from door to door.
Q. Sir your Department has some marriage schemes too. For people who don’t have enough money for marriages, how can they know about such schemes?
State Marriage Assistance Scheme is the one for girls who aren’t financially stable for their marriages. The Department provides an assistance of near about Rs. 38,500 as relief. Provided, the girl should have her name registered in Poor Girls Survey list and should do her documentation at nearby Tehsil or District Social Welfare Department.
Q. What about Scholarships for children?
Scholarships have been broadly divided into 2 categories – Pre Metric and Post Metric. Both the categories include disabled people, OBC category students, economically weaker and SC category too.
Q. Any helpline number of the Department so that people can approach on calls?
As such the Department has no helpline contact number. But I request people to step up and contact us. If they are unable to do so, they can approach their Sarpanches, Counsellors or nearest Tehsil or District Social Welfare Office.
Q. Last question. Many people have complained about ‘Laadli Beti’ scheme not working in Udhampur and many other places of UT. Why is this happening?
‘Laadli Beti’ scheme is not applicable for Domicile holders, I guess. But the issue has been brought under Department’s notice and the solution is currently under process. Soon, a decision will be taken on the matter.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
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Students can now check their results at cbseresults.nic.in and cbse.gov.in.
The CBSE in a tweet today advised the students to keep their roll number handy for quick reference.
It also said that students can use the Roll Number Finder facility on
http://cbseit.in/cbse/2021/rfinder/landing.aspx for easier access to their results.
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The search operation was launched after suspected drone activities were reported in three different areas of the district, last night.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Samba Rajesh Sharma said, “Drone activities were suspected at three different areas of Samba district, last night.”
The Border Security Force (BSF) also issued a statement that said, “Some unidentified lights were seen in the sky near the international border in the Samba sector. Few rounds were fired on it and the lights disappeared.”
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An order issued by Principal Secretary to the government, Dheeraj Gupta, Sanction is hereby accorded to the payment of Ex-gratia compensation in favour of elected Councilors of Municipal Bodies of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir killed in militancy-related incidents.
Read the Order
Govt announces ex-gratia of Rs Rs 25 lakh, to be given to next of kins (NOKs) of elected councillors, who were killed in militancy related incidents in the Union Territory: Jammu & Kashmir Government pic.twitter.com/Pudd1JZidB
— JK Media (@jkmediasocial) July 30, 2021
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