SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to amend the form and affidavit of State Marriage Assistance scheme within two weeks.
The court observed that the affidavit presented by state government was unsatisfactory and without details of girls benefited by the scheme.
“Show us the clear picture. Otherwise don’t take up these schemes,” Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed said.
The court also remarked that state has taken enough time and orders have been passed by the court umpteen times in this regard but the state government is not complying with court orders properly.
The court said that failure in updating the affidavit and form would require the commissioner secretary social welfare department’s personal appearance in the court on the next date of hearing.
Amicus curie Bashir Ahmed Bashir submitted before the court that nothing is being done on the ground regarding the implementation of these schemes. “What is the fun of having such schemes when there is no implementation on the ground,” he asked.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, division bench comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed the government to amend the form and affidavit properly and disburse the amount in the beneficiary
account without further delay.
In its report, the state government informed that for the current financial year 5272 beneficiaries have been accommodated while out of 1564 pending cases,1211 cases are under process and they will be benefitted within a short span of time.
Meanwhile district social welfare officer, Bandipora was present and informed court that they were facing difficulties because of fake applications.
The court remarked that if this is the case, those people should be strongly dealt with under law and their applications be rejected forthwith.
Seeking report on the SMAS scheme, the court asked for information regarding the number of applications and their status.
Under SMAS, an eligible poor girl beneficiary will be entitled to a one-time financial assistance of Rs 35,000 and five grams of gold from district social welfare officers (DSWOs).
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.