Mehbooba pitches for proper rehabilitation, social integration of violence victims in JK


Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asked for updating the data base of people affected by the violence of past almost three decades in the State so that some concrete steps for their complete integration into the social set up are facilitated.

Chairing the 7th Governing Council meeting of J&K Rehabilitation Council here today, the Chief Minister said special programmes should be thought of for the rehabilitation and integration of these poor victims into the social mainstream of the State. She said concrete interventions are needed for the proper and complete rehabilitation of women and children, particularly in education, health and psychological spheres.

Minister for Social Welfare, Sajad Ghani Lone was also present in the meeting.

Mehbooba Mufti said the Government has the moral responsibility of reaching out to every single victim of violence in the State, no matter the source of it. She asked the officers to factor in the needs and requirements of these victims while framing policies and schemes for the general public.

The meeting decided to further fine tune the number of widows, orphans and parents of killed persons in the State so that an actual and updated number of such victims is available for their rehabilitation.  It also decided that the Action plan for the Council would henceforth be finalised in March every year so that the assistances could be disbursed from April onwards.

The meeting also decided to enhance the one time marriage assistance to young widows and grown-up daughters to Rs. 40, 000 per case. The meeting also asked the Council to pursue the various funding patterns available in the Central Government for the benefit of victims of violence in the State.

Also present in the meeting were Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma; Financial Commissioner, Planning & Development, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary, Home, R. K. Goyal; Commissioner-Secretary, Finance, Navin Chaudhary, Director, National Foundation for Communal Harmony; Executive Director, J&K Rehabilitation Council, Tazayun Mukhtar; officers from the Central Government; representatives of various social organisations and members of the Governing Council.(CNS)

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