Top official calls for revival of social welfare, cottage industry centres in Shopian

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SHOPIAN: Additional District Development Commissioner, Shopian Saleem Malik Friday stressed for the revival of Social Welfare and Cottage Industry Centres in this district and directed the District Social Welfare Officer for submitting a comprehensive report for making these centres more relevant.
He said this while chairing a review meeting of the department which was attended by DSWO Shopian Mohammad Shafait, TSWO Farhana Tak and the Social Workers.
Giving a detailed presentation, the DSWO apprised the chair about achievements in terms of physical and financial targets under various Social Welfare Schemes. It was informed that under Integrated Social Security Scheme pension is provided to 1035 Old Age Persons, 2920 Women in Distress and 2948 Physically Challenged Persons whereas under National Social Assistance Programme pension is being given to 1575 Old Age Persons, 452 Widows and 117 Disable Persons. Further, it was given out that financial assistance of Rs 40000/= to each of 942 girls under State Marriage Assistance Scheme and 1102 more cases are under process for sanction.
While appreciating the department for weeding out record number of 657 ineligible cases, the ADDC called upon the field officials to intensify field visits for physical verification of beneficiaries in order to purify the pension rolls of bogus cases and for ensuring that new deserving cases are sanctioned.
The ADDC laid special emphasis for skill upgradation of the staff employed in Social Welfare Centres and Cottage Industries Centre so that training can be imparted in new, more relevant and profitable trades to the identified beneficiaries. DSWO was asked to submit a detailed report in this regard.