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JAMMU: Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Science & Technology Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday said that the cash assistance under State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) is being credited directly into the individual bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
Replying to a question of Saif-ud-Din Bhat in the Legislative Council, the minister informed that the beneficiaries are required to apply at the concerned District Social Welfare Office (DSWO) along with the required documents to take benefit of the scheme.
Giving details, he informed that the DSWO submits the cases to the District Level Sanctioning Committee and it clears the cases in the light of eligibility criteria. He said the list is finally submitted to Administrative Department. He however said that the government has asked the District Level Sanctioning Committee/Administrative Department to settle the cases in a time bound manner as per the availability of funds, he added.
He further informed that there are more than two lakh old age, handicap and widow pension cases pending in the state including 1,53,699 under Integrated Social Security Scheme and 1,13,991 under National Social Assistance Programme.
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