Jammu and Kashmir News
SRINAGAR, AUGUST 20: Immediately after the present Coalition Government assumed office in March this year, it announced and implemented a slew of measures to ensure social and financial security of the vulnerable, marginalised and the underprivileged sections of society.
Most of these welfare measures are targeted at the women and destitute besides the poorest of the poor in the society.On the initiative of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed the Government has also put in place a mechanism to compensate the uninsured flood-hit traders whose livelihood was devastated by the September 2014 deluge.
The launch of Aasra, approved by the state cabinet yesterday, is seen as a landmark initiative to provide social and financial security to the widows, the poor and the destitute in the State.
Under Aasra, the State Government would pay premium for the Prime Minister Surakhsha Bhima Yojna and Prime Minister Jeevan Jyoti Bhima Yojna in case of eligible beneficiaries including breadwinners of families whose annual income is less than Rs 75000 and all widows and destitute.
He said the Government has already paid Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each to the next of kin (NoK) of the persons who died during the September 2014 floods.