Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Sh Ramdas Athawale is visiting Jammu today as part of the Union government’s public outreach program.
During her one-day visit, Sh Athawale distributed scooters, wheelchairs, smartphone hearing aids and disinfectant kits among beneficiaries under various Welfare Department programs.
Addressing the media, the minister said the awareness program is a unique and ambitious exercise by the Modi government to reach the gates of the people. The goal of visiting each district in Jammu and Kashmir is to assess local issues and development needs and ensure that beneficiary-focused programs actually reach the last person in the queue, a he added.
Later, the Ministry of Defense chaired a meeting with senior officials from the Department of Social Welfare to review the implementation of centrally sponsored programs in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
While carrying out a detailed review of the implementation of the schemes, the Minister called on those concerned to play a role in raising public awareness of the various beneficiary and social protection schemes aimed at disadvantaged sections of society so that benefits of these can be filtered at ground level.
The minister said the government has set up loan programs to enable young people to benefit from them and to set up their own units to earn a living.
He added that the Department of Social Welfare offers various assistance programs, including the National Social Assistance Program, boarding schools for the blind, day care centers for the elderly and a rehabilitation house for people cured of illness. mental. Various scholarship programs like those for OBC / EBC / DNT, Dr Ambedkar Post-Matric Scholarships, EBC, Post Matric Scholarship OBC and Scheme for Post-Matric Scholarship for students from minority communities and those from poor families are also provided, he added.
Director of the Jammu Social Protection Department, Dr Vivek Sharma also gave a detailed presentation on the functioning of the department and the implementation of social protection schemes in the districts of the division.
Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer, said the department is working hard to reach everyone.
ADDC Jammu and other relevant officers and officials were also present at the meeting.