Raipur: Secretary Social Welfare Department Mr. Sonmoni Borah today chaired a state-level meeting of department officials and reviewed the district-wise department works, at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan). He gave instructions to open bank accounts of the beneficiaries of pension schemes, under National Social Support Programme, ensure aadhaar number seeding to the respective bank accounts and transfer of post office accounts of beneficiaries to banks. He directed the officials to compulsorily ensure payment of pensions via Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in all the districts till upcoming August 15. He also gave instructions to ensure timely payment of scholarships to disable students.
In the meeting, Mr. Borah directed the officials concerned to regularly organize the meeting of district-level committee for protection of third gender rights and to benefit them under government schemes. He also directed to issue identity cards and certificates to the people of third gender community through Chief Medical and Health Officer so that they may avail loan, skill development, pension and other schemes. Mr. Borah directed the officials to mark buildings for conducting old age homes in eight districts of state- Sukma, Narayanpur, Balodabazar- Bhatapara, Balrampur-Ramanuj, Surajpur, Jashpur, Gariaband and Bijapur and send proposals through Collector as soon as possible.
In the meeting, Director Social Welfare Dr Sanjay Alang gave presentation on departmental schemes. He said that in the current fiscal year 2017-18, Rs 736 crore 41 lakh have been allotted to the districts. Rs 199 crore 54 lakh have already been spent. Under National Social Support Programme, number of pension beneficiaries in state are eight lakh 25 thousand, out of which aadhaar number has been issued to seven lakh 58 thousand and bank account seeding of three lakh 36 thousand beneficiaries. Payment to 65 thousand 512 beneficiaries have been made through DBT. He said that under Lok Suraaj Abhiyan, total one lakh 32 thousand 179 applications were received out of which one lakh 32 thousand 011 have been redressed.