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JAMMU: A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Tashi Rabstan and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta on Friday directed State Government to release the funds to the concerned department within six weeks for giving the same to the beneficiaries to clear the cases under old age, widow, divorcee and differently-abled categories, which are 56,559 in numbers.
The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Viklang Chattra Trust seeking better care of old age home.
After hearing Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Sumit Nayyar for the PIL, DB observed that in terms of order dated March 31, 2018, Director Social Welfare Department has filed the compliance report whereby the details of approved beneficiaries under Integrated Social Security Scheme (ISSS) and funds released/pension paid during 2017-18 have been provided and perusal of the same under the head of funds revealed the requirement for clearing of 56,559 cases under aforesaid categories pending with the government for clearance.
DB has directed that release of aforesaid funds be done within a period of six weeks from the date a copy of this order is made available to them and to file compliance report on the next date of hearing. The DB also directed Director Social Welfare Department to consider and decide the pending cases of the Old Age under the National Social Assistance Programme, which is centrally sponsored scheme for the poor people falling below poverty line and file compliance report in this regard also.
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