Over 1 lakh pension cases pending in social welfare deptt

More than one lakh cases are pending under different welfare schemes for old-age persons in J&K, an official in Social Welfare Department said, adding theey were struggling to clear the pendency owing to paucity of funds.

The department provides pension under two schemes – Integrated Social Security Scheme (ISSS) and National Social Assistance Program (NSAP.

Under ISSS the department is providing financial assistance to over two lakh beneficiaries, but it still has to cater to financial needs of over one lakh people who are in the pendency list from past many years.

Under the ISSS scheme, launched in 1995, a monthly assistance of Rs 1,000 is provided to beneficiaries including old age people, divorcees, destitute, widows, persons with disability and people living below poverty line.

Similarly, under the NSAP the department has a pendency of over 50,000 cases. It however is providing cash assistance to over 70,000 beneficiaries. Under the scheme each beneficiary, in the age group of 60 and above are provide monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000.

A person living below poverty line, with “severe or multiple disability” in the age group of 18 and above under this scheme.

Under National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) the department has a pendency of 9000 cases. Under this scheme, a widow in the age group of 40-79 is provided a monthly cash assistance of Rs 1000 while a family which has lost its bread earner is given onetime financial assistance of Rs 20000.

Last year the Department weeded out 8449 ineligible person in Kashmir division from the list of beneficiaries who were getting pension under NSAP and ISSS.