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LG calls for 100% saturation of social security schemes

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Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today reviewed the extension of benefits under various welfare schemes during a meeting here at Raj Bhavan, and called upon the concerned officials to put in dedicated efforts in ensuring 100% saturation of social security and beneficiary-oriented schemes across J&K.

Reviewing the coverage of eligible beneficiaries under 55 flagship schemes implemented in J&K, and category-wise status of beneficiary-oriented schemes, the LG, according to an official press release expressed satisfaction over several schemes reaching maximum saturation despite the Covid pandemic.

The meeting was informed that 100 percent target has been achieved under SAUBHAGYA, PM Ujjwala Yojana, UJALA, Mission Indradhanush, and various Social  Security Schemes including the pension under NSAP & ISSS, PM Matru Vandana Yojana Kisan Credit Card, PM Mudra Yojna, MGNREGS, Merit cum Means Minority Scholarship, IDSRR-Scheme for Sheep Farm Units, DBT-LPG and National Youth Corps.

Minority Pre-Matric Scholarship has gone up by 391 percent with 4,49,424 beneficiaries covered against the targeted 1,14,856. Minority Post-Matric also registered excellent numbers with 287 percent saturation, thus taking the tally of beneficiaries to 53,403, the press release informed.

With a view to provide succour to women in distress, the LG directed the officials to ensure functioning of “One Stop Centre for Women” across all districts to support them, besides the Observation centres, special & shelter homes for children in every district of the UT.

The LG asked the Department of Social Welfare, Higher Education and Department of School Education to ensure that every eligible child is covered under respective scholarship without discrimination.

“We have a collective responsibility to make sure that no eligible beneficiary is left behind. Take comprehensive measures to reach out to every eligible beneficiary, besides making the welfare schemes, envisioned by the Centre and the UT government, easily accessible to the people so that maximum population can reap the benefits,” LG asked the officers.

While reviewing the implementation of various modules of education through television, radio, online and community classes in view of the Covid pandemic, the LG directed the Education department to make modules more interactive.

Focus on early and primary education in the curriculum for laying a strong foundation for the future, added the LG.

During the meeting, the LG sought a detailed status of progress made under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Social Security Schemes including Pension, schemes for students, farmers, skill development/entrepreneurship/subsidies, bank-linked schemes, schemes for social welfare and Minority Affairs.

Sheetal Nanda, Secretary, Social Welfare Department, briefed about the coverage of welfare schemes for the year 2020-21.

She informed that around 3,47,405 beneficiaries were covered SAUBHAGYA till March 31,2021; the benefits of PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) were extended to 12,60,685 beneficiaries; 25,09,000 benefited under PM Jan Dhan Yojna(PMJDY); 9,26,000 under PM Suraksha Bima Yojna(PMSBY);  PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY)  covered around 3,95,000 beneficiaries.

Under Ayushman Bharat, 14,79,649 Golden cards have been issued with 51.24 cr amount paid for the settlement of bills; 1,34,558 houses were sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G) ; 12,85,217 beneficiaries were covered under Kisan Credit Card scheme, besides benefits of  PM Mudra Yojna  were extended to 2.93 lakh souls, it was informed.

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