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Abundant funds for legislators, none for the destitute!


2 lac old-age pension cases pending for ‘paucity of funds'

Mudassir Ahmad

SRINAGAR: When sky is the limit for hiking salary, perks and privileges of Legislators in a state with begging bowl, the funds go dry on the issue of helping old, invalids and destitute. There has been a surge in number of widows, differently abled and old age pension cases in the state with around two lakh cases waiting for the disposal with the Social Welfare Department.

Zoona Begum has registered her name with the Social Welfare Department last year, seeking widow pension from the government but still waits for clearance of her case.

“I have registered my name with the Social Welfare Department for pension case since I have no source of income, but officials told me they could not clear my case due to no availability of funds,” she said.

She says since the death of her husband two years ago, she has been pursuing the case to receive widow pension.  “So far all my efforts have proved futile as I have received no relief from the government,” Zoona says.

According to the official figures there are around 1,90,000 cases of widows, old age pension and other cases waiting for the disposal with the Social Welfare Department.

The details reveal that over 1,10,000 such cases are pending with the Social Welfare Department in Kashmir.

As per the district wise data of Kashmir, the district Budgam has the highest number of pending cases of 18430 following by Kupwara 18270, Srinagar 15292, Anantnag 11958, Baramulla 11928, Kulgam 10047, Bandipora 7867, Pulwama 6724, Ganderbal 3493, Shopian 2802. Two districts of the region have pending cases of 2963 and 1169 in .

In region around 75,000 cases are pending with Jammu district tops the list of 17473 following by Poonch 10383, and Kuthua 7383.

An official said old age, widow and disability pension cases have not been cleared by the government due to the paucity of funds.

There are also thousands of pensioners who have not receiving any kind of pensions ever since last year floods hit the state.

He said the department was presently providing pensions to around 5 lakh widows and old age persons in the state.

Officials believe that over two decade turmoil was the main reason for abrupt increase in widows, disabled and old age people in Kashmir who have no one to look after them.

An official said the department had taken up the issue with the central government. “Once we get the funds, their cases will be cleared and they will also get pensions under various schemes,” the official said.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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