Administrative Council directs immediate release of pensions
JAMMU: The Administrative Council which met here under the chairmanship of Lt. Governor, G C Murmu directed the immediate release of all pensions of one month to give reprieve to the retired class in view of the situation arising out of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
The Finance Department has been asked to take necessary steps in this regard, an official spokesman said.
Advisors to Lt. Governor, K K Sharma, Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam; Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo; Principal Secretary to Lt. Governor, Bipul Pathak and Principal Secretary, Planning & Development & Information, Rohit Kansal were present in the meeting.
The decision is expected to benefit thousands of pensioners in Jammu & Kashmir in the wake of outbreak of corona infection.
Notably, the Administrative Council, in a significant decision, decided immediate release of one month’s wages in respect of all daily wagers so that they do not face any difficulty due to the current situation.
The Administrative Council in yesterday’s meeting also decided release of advance ration for April and May to all ration card holders. It was also decided that one month’s ration for Mid-Day Meals would also be distributed in advance amongst the parents of eligible children.
The Administrative Council also decided that in view of the difficulties being faced by them, ration packets be immediately distributed among the destitute and slum dwellers.