Govt sets up committee to ensure transparency in welfare schemes
Srinagar. Dec 7:
Waking up to growing allegations of misappropriation, Jammu and Kashmir
government has set up a high power committee to plug loopholes and ensure
genuine students avail benefits of different welfare schemes in the Union
A nine member
committee headed by Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare Department has been
set up to monitor welfare schemes including Prime Minister’s Scholarship
Secretary School Education, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary Revenue,
Secretary Tribal Affairs, Director General Social Welfare, Directors of School
Education, Director Tribal Affairs and Director Colleges are its members.
The committee has
been tasked to liaise with deputy commissioners for ensuring 100 percent
enrollments of “eligible SC, ST, OBC and general category students” in
committee has to examine the amount of scholarship provided under different
scholarship schemes and monitor the progress on a weekly basis.
directives have been issued to concerned officials to ensure transparency in
implementation of scholarship schemes. Officials have also been told to remove
bottlenecks faced by students while obtaining various documents.
complaints that genuine students are not able to avail benefits under various
scholarship schemes as they face difficulties in obtaining income and
reservation certificates. The loopholes run deep almost in all schemes,”
In May this year,
a large number of discrepancies were unearthed in Kulgam district under
Ministry of Minority Affairs-run `Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional
and Technical Courses’ scheme. Under pressure, the government initiated a probe
and reportedly rectified the wrongdoings.
scheme was meant for members of minority (Muslims) community, as per the
records non-Muslims were largely benefited.
Minority Affairs was carved out of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
and created on January 29, 2006 to ensure a more focused approach towards
issues relating to the notified minority communities including Muslim,
Christian, Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsis and Jain.
The mandate of
the ministry includes formulation of overall policy and planning, coordination,
evaluation and review of the regulatory framework and development programmes
for the benefit of the minority communities.