With an aim to deliver best of public services to people at their doorsteps, Minister for Social Welfare, Forest, Ecology & Environment, Bali Bhagat distributed about 500 cheques and invoices besides scooters for physically handicapped under various benefit and welfare schemes of Social Welfare Department in meeting hall of DC Office Kishtwar the other day.
The cheques and invoices were distributed under National Family Benefit Scheme, National Formation for Communal Harmony, Indra Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Integrated Social Security Scheme, Indra Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Schemes for Physically Handicapped.
While speaking on the occasion, Bhagat stressed on the organising awareness camps at each Block level, besides District Social Welfare Officer Kishtwar was directed to conduct surprise visits for ensuring punctuality of anganwadi workers and helpers at anganwadi centres. On ensuring the transparency in the Department, Minister asked the authorities to display the nutrition stock at each anganwadi centre at a conspicuous places. He informed that a comprehensive nutrition procurement policy is in offing in which tendering procedure will be made mandatory for the procurement of nutrition besides the procured material will be tested for quality at multi levels viz Laboratory level, District headquarter and at Anganwadi Centre Level.
He also informed that the formalities such death certificate, medical certificate and income certificate for claiming the benefits under Social Welfare Departmental Schemes have been simplified for the convenience of the beneficiaries and the directions in this context have already been issued to all the quarters.
Expressing concern over skewed sex ratio in the state particularly in District Kishtwar, the Minister said that “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” scheme have been implemented on pilot basis in six Districts of the state in 1st Phase and appealed to all the Anganwadi workers and Helpers to create awareness among the people about the prevailing evil of discrimination between male and female child.
Various demands including the drinking water shortage, uninterrupted power supply, parking facility, maintenance of Batote-Doda-Kishtwar National Highway, Air strip in Kishtwar, Hostels facility for SC and ST Students, Declaration of Kishtwar as a Saffron Village, Construction of Singpora-Vialoo Tunnel, Regularization of casual labours, drug menace, tourism festival in Kishtwar etc were raised by the participants to which the Minister assured to redress them in time bound manner.