Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday endorsed the need for supporting the widows of those killed in militancy-related incidents, by providing them pensions.
An official spokesman quoted Abdullah saying that the recommendation made by the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) in this regard should be pursued positively.
He asked all concerned to chip in for formulating the operational module to help the coverage of uncovered widows under the SRC pension scheme. Chairing the sixth meeting of governing council of the State Rehabilitation Council here on Tuesday morning, the chief minister emphasised on extending benefits of social welfare schemes to all deserving categories to help their rehabilitation.
The chief minister said the State Rehabilitation Council should also chalk out a strategy of providing skill upgrade training to the militancy affected destitute, orphans and widows to open vistas of job opportunities for them. He said the SRC and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) should jointly look into this area and come up with a befitting programme to target these categories.
In a PowerPoint presentation, commissioner secretary, Social Welfare Jeet Lal, presented an overview of the achievements registered by the J&K state rehabilitation council of the social welfare department in implementing various schemes aimed at rehabilitation of widows, orphans and needy. He said Rs 3.35 crore pension has been provided to 3,840 widows at the rate of Rs 750 per month in 2010-11. He said old age pension of Rs 2 crore was given to 2,292 elderly persons in the same year.
The meeting discussed the action taken report on the decisions of previous Governing Council meeting. It discussed extension of benefits to the widows of killed militants and wives and children of missing persons. The meeting also discussed audit report and by-laws of the Council.