Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that Jammu and Kashmir administration will ensure that the senior citizens live a happy and healthy life.
Speaking after inauguration the ‘Pensioners Sammelan’ in Srinagar, the Lt Governor expressed gratitude to all the senior citizens, who attended the programme and said elders’ blessings are always priceless.
Sinha said that J&K Administration will ensure that they live a happy and healthy life.
“It is our ancient tradition, civilizational duty and ‘Sanskar’ to care for the elderly, provide them with social security and extend all support to vulnerable sections”, he said and added “it is the top priority of the J&K Administration to provide universal coverage and ensure beneficiaries are treated with respect”.
The Lt Governor lauded the entire team of District Administration Srinagar for achieving 100% saturation under the Integrated Social Security Scheme and disbursement of pension up to the month of September among the beneficiaries.
He said the Administration is committed to reaching out to all those who are in need.
More than 44,000 elderly, widows and divorcees have been covered in Srinagar and if required the benefits will be enhanced further, Sinha added.
The LG impressed on the District Officials to replicate the best practices of the Srinagar District administration and make necessary technological interventions for speedy saturation of the Social Security Schemes.
The effective social security net to the last man in the queue will strengthen the society and improve the living conditions of urban poor and destitute, he said.
At Pensioners Sammelan, Sinha assured all necessary support and assistance from the administration to the widow and divorced pensioners and persons with disabilities in their self-employment ventures.
He also highlighted the efforts of the Government in extending universal health insurance coverage and ensuring greater security and quality life to all.
Jammu Kashmir is the only region in the country where the eligible age for widow pension is 18 years. The administration has notified the rules of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act and also established a helpline for their proper care, the LG said.