Farooq Ahmad Khan reviews the functioning of the Department of Social Protection
Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor Farooq Ahmad Khan today chaired a high-level meeting of the Department of Social Welfare to review the functioning of the Department of Welfare. Secretary, Department of Welfare, Sheetal Nanda; Director General, Women and Children’s Development, Mir Tariq Ali; Managing Director, ICDS, Rubina; Special Secretary, SWD, Shiv Kumar Gupta; director, rehabilitation, Ishfaq Ahmed; SWD Director of Finance, Anil Dogra, SWD Director, Smita Sethi; OSD to Advisor, Ashraf Hakak and other officers attended the meeting while senior SWD officers from the Kashmir Division attended the meeting via video conference. A discussion took place on various issues regarding different centrally sponsored programs implemented by SWD in Jammu and Kashmir like State Assistance Marriage, Ladli Beti regimes, SAKSHAM and BBBP. In addition, the status of craft centers, rehabilitation counseling programs, the purchase of scooters for people with disabilities and other related programs were also discussed at the meeting.
The concerned authorities informed the adviser about various JKUT and centrally sponsored programs implemented for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting also highlighted the measures taken to protect the rights of people with disabilities in addition to taking stock of the details of assets currently not used for any purpose and options for the use of the Miskeen Bagh complex. In addition, the district level review of Bal ashrams, Nari Niketans, orphanages, retirement homes and homes for people with mental illness. distribution of smart phones for data and detail collection among nodal agents. Councilor Khan urged the need for a holistic and proactive approach to the implementation of departmental social protection programs. He called on officers to eliminate cases that have expired or become ineligible for pension for whatever reason and replace them with deserving new claimants. He urged them to ensure a swift elimination of all pending pension cases of old age, widow or specially disabled people. case in the quarter concerned within one month.