Welfare benefits under National Family Benefit Scheme distributed

Gangtok, 30 Apr (IPR):

With an aim to improve the socio economic standard and sustainable livelihood under the National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS), the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare awarded the incentives to widows and distributed sewing machines to members of the Scheduled Caste community of four districts of Sikkim here at the department's Conference Hall, Lumsey today.

The Minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare, Tulshi Devi Rai attended the occasion as chief guest.

A total of 102 women and men were benefited

Under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), 102 women and men received benefits while 25 men and women were benefited under Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Caste Welfare Programme.

Minister Ms Rai handed cheque of Rs. 30,000 to bereaved women and family members under NSPA and 25 sewing machines to Scheduled Caste beneficiaries.

NFBS is an integral part of the NSAP, where families living Below the Poverty Line (BPL) are entitled to get financial benefits after the demise of the sole breadwinner under this scheme. This scheme was launched to assure some financial help in the event of the death of an earning member.

Addressing the gathering, Minister, Ms Rai said, “Our main focus is to tell the people that we have so many schemes for BPL category under Social Welfare Department. We are trying to inform and spread awareness in rural areas about our welfare schemes. On this matter Panchayats can play a major role to generate awareness in their respective wards. We want our people to benefit from the government’s welfare schemes.”

Highlighting various programmes, the Minister spoke about Widow Re-Marriage Scheme, Inter-Caste Marriage Scheme, Pension for Single Women under BPL category Scheme, Marriage with Disabled Person scheme.

She also appealed to people to come forward to encourage remarriage of widows.

“Under widow remarriage scheme, the government will provide financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh for the remarriage of widows,” Ms Rai added.

She asked widows to apply for Widow Pension Schemes and urged beneficiaries to spread awareness about welfare schemes.

One of the beneficiaries, Devi Maya Sharma expressed her gratitude to the government and department for awarding incentive of Rs. 30,000.

The programme was attended by Additional Secretary, KB Pradhan and other officials of the department.