Srinagar: The high court on Monday pulled up the state government for not complying with the court orders regarding the state marriage assistance scheme (SMAS) and Hunar scheme and directed all district social welfare officers to file a detailed report about the number of beneficiaries under these schemes.
The court tersely told the counsel of the social welfare department that he has failed to modify the prescribed form and did not furnish the details of beneficiaries.
“Nothing will happen by throwing ball from here to there. You are making this complicated,” Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the government to decide the marriage assistance application and disburse the amount in the beneficiary account within a week. “This is the final opportunity to the state. In case you (State) didn’t comply, be ready for contempt,” he said.
The court asked the department of social welfare to leave these welfare schemes if it was unable to reach out to the actual beneficiaries.
“Don’t let people to suffer,” chief Justice remarked.
On previous hearing the court remarked that if marriage of a girl is to take place in September and application is processed the next year then what is the fun of having such scheme.
Under SMAS, an eligible poor girl beneficiary is entitled to one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and five grams of gold from district social welfare officers (DSWOs), while Hunar is a skill development programme for the girls living below poverty line.
The PIL was initially a petition, seeking quashing of PSA order at the pre-execution stage against one Mohammad Amin Beigh, a resident of Kulgam in south Kashmir.
Beigh—who was running a private security agency— was ordered to be detained under the PSA by District Magistrate Srinagar on December 26, 2011 for indulging in immoral activities including physically exploiting poor girls as well as pushing them into flesh trade.