More Than 5000 Families Yet To Benefit From NFBS

Srinagar: The Jammu an Kashmir administration has failed to provide funds to more than five thousand families living Below Poverty Line (BPL) in Kashmir under the ambitious National Family Benefit Scheme aimed at families who have lost their primary bread earners.

As per official documents, “In Kashmir division at least 5684 cases of the scheme were pending for the people of 18-59 years whose primary bread earner died due to accident or natural cause.”

The figures reveal that till March-2020, the department of social welfare Kashmir has covered 9,175 cases and the net pendency was 5,540.

According to the department, the rate of assistance was Rupees 20,000 with one-time benefit from the Centre's share only.

An official of the department said that the financial assistance is being provided up to Rs 20,000 under centre share and an equal contribution is mandatory for the state government to contribute.

The objective of the scheme is to ensure social security of the households living below poverty line. The payment is to be made to the widow or the unmarried daughter of the family.

Similarly, the social welfare department says that under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension scheme (IGNOAPS) provides financial assistance to senior citizens, those aged 60 years and above, living below poverty line. This scheme too is centrally sponsored and the equal funds are being shared by the central and state governments.

According to the official figures, a total of 70,839 beneficiaries were sanctioned with a Rs 1,000 as a rate of pension per beneficiary per month

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