Mufti launches Ladli Beti, AASRA schemes in Budgam; Directs SWD to identify beneficiaries in hassle-free manner 

BUDGAM, NOVEMBER 03: – As a sequel to the mega launch of Ladli Beti and AASRAschemes in the capital cities, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Tuesday launched the social security scheme in Budgam, which is among the six districts having a disturbingly low child sex ratio.

He also launched AASRA, an insurance-based scheme aimed at benefiting low-income families of the state.

The Chief Minister said he was happy to note that besides the extremely poor, even those who work as casual labourers, daily wagers and SPOs can avail benefits under AASRA scheme.

Hailing the Chief Minister for giving a new direction to empowerment of females, both Javaid Mustafa Mir and Ghulam Nabi Lone hoped that Laldi Beti will provide the much-needed economic cushion to girls belonging to extremely poor sections of the society.

Describing female infanticide as a heinous crime, Bali Baghat urged the society to put in concerted efforts to create conducive environment which will allow the girl child equal opportunities especially in the spheres of education and employment.

The Ladli Beti scheme has been launched in eight districts of the state with the inclusion of Kishtwar, which was announced by the Chief Minister yesterday. Under the scheme, girls who take birth on or after April 1st 2015 will get Rs.6.5 lakh on attaining the age of 21. Girl child born to parents whose annual income is less than Rs.75000 per annum will be eligible under the scheme.

An amount of Rs.1000 per month will be deposited towards the birth of every girl child, with effect from 01.04.2015 for the next 14 years. The prescribed application form for the scheme is available in the offices of DPO and CDPOs concerned.

The other scheme AASRA, an insurance scheme targeting low-income families having annual income less than Rs.75000, will provide Rs. 2 lakh to the bread-winner, widow or destitute, in case of death and Rs. 1 lakh in case of disability due to injury.

Also present on the occasion were MLC, Saifuddin Bhat, Secretary Social Welfare, Sanjeev Verma, Director Social Welfare, Kashmir, Hashmat Ali Itoo and PDP District President, Muntazir Mohiuddin.

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