COVID-19: JK launches social security scheme for affected families
Committed to help children who lost parents: Lt Guv
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday rolled out its Special Assistance Scheme for COVID Mortalities (SASCM) to help out families affected by the coronavirus in the union territory.
J-K Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha took to Twitter to announce the launch of the social security scheme.
“Today Rolled out SASCM social protection scheme to families affected by Covid-19. It is our duty and utmost responsibility to support families, restore livelihoods and ensure stability in their lives,” he said.
Sinha said the J-K government was committed to support children who have lost their parents to the pandemic.
The administration will take all necessary steps for their well-being and education, he added.
“PM CARES For Children benefits to be extended in UT,” the L-G said in another tweet.
“We stand in solidarity with the families who lost the earning member due to pandemic. Besides pension, every effort will be made to ensure they live a dignified life and have no financial difficulties,” Sinha added.
The L-G said a special cell has been constituted under the Social Welfare Department that will continue hand-holding the affected families.
“District welfare officers in their respective areas will ensure regular visits to such families so they can have round-the-clock support,” he said.
Sinha said the administration will reach out to every affected family with financial assistance if they are willing to start their own business or other ventures for self-employment.
J&K government is committed to support children who lost their parents in this pandemic. The administration as guardian will take all necessary steps for their well-being and education, so they can have a bright future, remarked the Lt Governor.
For extending handholding to the affected families, a special cell has been constituted in Social Welfare Department to track and facilitate benefits under existing government sponsored welfare schemes which the family may be eligible for, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor remarked that the administration will reach out to every affected family with financial assistance if they are willing to start their own business or other venture for self-employment, besides imparting training and providing market linkages to them.
All Deputy Commissioners and officials of Social Welfare department were directed to identify the families who have lost their loved ones due to Covid, so that social protection and other necessary support can be extended to them.
In order to provide round the clock support, the Lt Governor directed the District Social Welfare Officers to pay regular visits to such families in their respective areas.
Work with high sensitivity and double your efforts in reaching out to every affected family ensuring that no one is left behind, the Lt Governor told the officials.
The Lt Governor also appreciated the efforts of the Social Welfare Department to identify as many as 512 beneficiaries for scholarship and pensionary support and further called for 100% coverage under the scheme at the earliest.
Simultaneously, the beneficiaries under the scheme received the Scholarship and Pension grants in various locations across the UT.
Pertinently, under the ‘SASCM’ scheme, cash assistance of Rs 1000 per month shall be provided to spouse and the eldest member of the family. Apart from this, the scheme provides for scholarship of Rs 20,000 per annum for school going students and Rs 40,000 per annum for college going students. A family in distress shall be eligible for scholarship for two children, if they are not getting any other scholarship. Besides, the benefits of all the other social welfare schemes, including pensions, etc will be extended to the families.
Farooq Khan, Advisor to Lt Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Sheetal Nanda, Secretary, Social Welfare Department; Deputy Commissioners from all districts were present on the occasion, in person and through virtual mode.