HC directs implementation of scheme for poor girls

The High Court on Saturday directed the government to implement its directions on State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and HUNAR for poor girls.
HC directs implementation of scheme for poor girls
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The High Court on Saturday directed the government to implement its directions on State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and HUNAR for poor girls. In default, it said, commissioner secretary, social welfare, will appear in person before it on next date of hearing. 

When the Public Interest Litigation petition relating to rehabilitation of poor girls of the state came up for hearing, senior advocate Bashir Ahmad Bashir informed the court that under SMAS all the girls have not been benefited yet. 

Bashir said the High Court has come to the rescue of the poor girls after it observed how a man, who was booked under PSA, had exploited poor girls on the pretext of providing them jobs. 

He said the court summoned all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and District Social Welfare Officers (DSWOs) so that the order was understood in its right spirit. 

After hearing the amicus curiae and also state counsel Hashim Hussain, a division bench of Chief Justice Baddar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey directed the government to implement the SMAS in keeping with its earlier directions. 

"If somebody has filed application, you have to verify it and give the benefit immediately," the court observed and asked advocate Hussain to avoid delays in implementing its orders. 

The court ordered the government that it should not take the beneficiary more than two weeks to get the assistance after she applies for it.

After the application is received, the court said, the selection committee headed by DDCs should consider them within week's time and make recommendations to the social welfare department. 

It said the social welfare department should provide the relief to the beneficiaries within a week. 

The court directed the government to provide the details about the number of beneficiaries who got the assistance and the number of pending applications. 

On June 11, while pointing out that the purpose of SMAS and HUNAR, a skill development scheme for poor girls was 'defeated', the J&K High Court had directed Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare, Deputy Commissioners and District Social Welfare Officers of Kashmir division to remain present in person in the court on Monday. 

Under SMAS, the eligible girl would receive one-time financial assistance of Rs 25000 and cost of 5gm of gold.

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