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Masoodi raises volley of issues concerning J&K in Lok Sabha

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Seeks enhancement of pension to disabled, removal of disparity in emoulments of homeguards, augmentation of cancer care centers

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hasnain Masoodi raised volley of issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha.

Stressing on the strengthening of  healthcare system for treatment and early diagnosis of Cancer in J&K, Masoodi stated that the  alarming statistics of cancer incidence and mortality is a matter of concern, which should be tended by the government by coming up with comprehensive cancer centers in Jammu and Kashmir.

Seeking the enhancement of the facilities for tertiary care health centers in Kashmir, Masoodi called for strengthening of tertiary care for cancer in Kashmir.  He also sought upgradation of multi-tire health institutions under Pradhan MantriSwasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana (PMJAY).

Masoodi also drew attention of the government towards the removal of disparity in disability pension. “The disabled people  in J&K  only get 1/5th of what is given to their counterparts in other parts of the country as monthly pension,” he said adding, “The amount of pension has remain unchanged even after 05, August 2019.”

Calling for removal of discrimination in the pension, he demanded that the grant of minimum of 5000 per month be given to the disabled in J&K.

Masoodi also sought removal of disparity in emoluments of Home Guards. He said the Home guards in Jammu and Kashmir are entitled to mere Rs 2700 per month, while as in the rest of the country, the monthly remuneration of their counterparts, he noted is 23000.

Masoodi also called for opening window/portal for applicants of PMAY (Gramin) so that thousands waiting for regularisation get the benefit of a house/shelter. He said scores of people in Kulgam, and Shopian are waiting for the portal to open to see the status of their applications.

He urged the concerned ministries to mitigate the issues in the spirt of the country being a welfare state.

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