Saying that that service to humanity is best form of worship and coalition government led by Chief Minister Mr Omar Abdullah is endeavouring for delivering help and assistance to the destitutes and deserving people at their doorsteps, Minister for Social Welfare and ARI Trainings, Ms Sakina Itoo said numerous schemes are being implemented across the State for the welfare and development of people.
The Minister was addressing an Awareness-cum-Cheque Distribution camp organised by District Social Welfare Office Srinagar at Banquet Hall here on Monday. On the occasion, the Minister distributed cheques to the tune of Rs. 14.50 lakh among the 144 beneficiaries including Rs. 4.80 lakh among 24 beneficiaries under National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS), Rs. 2.50 lakh among 60 beneficiaries under Pre-Matric Scholarship and Rs. 7.20 lakh among 60 beneficiaries under Post-Matric Scholarship schemes.Chairperson, State Commission for Women and MLA Habba Kadal Mrs. Shamim Firdous, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director Social Welfare, Kashmir, Mr. Nisar Hussain Wani, District Social Welfare Officer Srinagar, Mr. Riyaz Ahmad Beigh, officers of Social Welfare Department and large number of beneficiaries were also present on the occasion.
Ms. Itoo said Social Welfare Department is serving needy people and urged upon the officers of Social Welfare Department to the guidelines while implementing State and centrally sponsored social welfare schemes across the State. She enjoined upon them to work with more zeal, dedication and in missionary mode and maintain transparency besides justice in delivery so that only deserving and needy applicants are covered under these schemes.She also directs the concerned officers to pay surprise visits to the Anganwari Centres and check the quality and quantity of the nutrition’s being provided in these centres.Ms Itoo also suggested that concerned MLA’s should coordinate for holding awareness camps regarding social welfare schemes in their respective constituencies so that maximum deserving population is benefitted.
The Minister said people should pay due respect and regards to their elders and destitutes so that they do not feel isolated or abandoned.
Mrs. Shamim Firdous, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and Director Social welfare also spoke on the occasion.Earlier, DSWO, Srinagar gave brief over various Social Welfare Schemes being implemented in Srinagar District. He informed that out of Rs. 1757.43 lakhs allocated for Srinagar District, Rs. 1436.35 lakhs have been distributed among the beneficiaries during current fiscal. He also informed that lump-sum amount given under NFBS has been revised and increased to Rs. 20,000.