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.
To create a sense of responsibility among field functionaries of Social Welfare Department, the Anganwadi workers and helpers alongwith Minister pledged to perform their duties honestly and efficiently.
Later on a detailed meeting of the prominent citizens was convened by the Minister along with Minister of State for R&B and Revenue, Sunil Sharma. Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Mohd. Javid Khan, SSP Kishtwar Yougal Manhas, representatives of various political parties, religious organizations, social groups, NGO’s and prominent citizens of the District were also present.
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.
To bring Kishtwar on Tourism map of the country and to create new economic avenues for the local people, Bali Bhagat directed the Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar to coordinate with Tourism Department and organize a three day Tourism festival in Kishtwar, besides directed him to give the festival a wide publicity to attract tourists from different regions of the country. He said that this Government is keen to bring the reforms in the Departments and directions have been time and again conveyed for developing creativeness and innovations besides transparency, accountability and performance appraisal will be given top priority. He also appreciated the innovative step of MoS R&B and Revenue Sunil Sharma for launching MDAD and delivering the public services to the people at their doorsteps.