Committee suggests ‘SMS alert’ to scheme beneficiaries

SHILLONG, Dec 3: The Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment (MACWE) on Monday took up the issue of non-clearance of amount with the Social Welfare department due to infirms, widows, single mothers and persons with disabilities under the Chief Minister’s Scheme for Social Assistance Scheme.

Taking up the issue, Chairperson of the Committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh suggested the Social Welfare department to have an SMS alert system so that beneficiaries do not have to run from pillar to post to know about the status of the benefits due to them.

Lyngdoh also said that Rs 71 crore was sanctioned from November 2017 to March 2018 under the scheme but it has not yet reached the beneficiaries.

The Chairperson informed that under the scheme there are 53000 beneficiaries.

“We have requested the department to take care and zero down on certain issues like examining the status of the proposed hostel for women in distress at Shillong and Nongstoin,” Lyngdoh said.

The Committee also proposed to the Social Welfare department of opening up two more such centers in Tura and Jowai.

Meanwhile, the Assembly Committee has also expressed concern over the issue of violence against women.

“We are alarmed that rape in the state has not reduced and women are still vulnerable,” Lyngdoh said.

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