Jammu Tawi, December 23
Observing that responsible Government cannot shirk its responsibility and deny the rights to the citizens merely on the ground of financial constraints, Former Minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla today demanded immediate release of monthly pension of widows, old age and handicapped persons held for four months. He was addressing party workers during a programme organized by Chamal Singh Block President, Ex. Corporator and presided over by Anil Chopra District Jammu President. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion include Kamal Singh, Panch Qayoom Ex. Corporator Dawan Chand, Pana Lal, Master Paras Ram, Smt Sumitra, Liaqat Ali, Kala Ram, Kuldeep Raj Fouji, Mangat Ram, Chairman Choudhary Putto, Panch Harwinder Kour, Gopal beside others.The only reason by the Finance Department that there is financial difficulty faced by the State should understand that raising of funds for ensuring basic amenities is a duty of the authorities running the administration to mobilize the funds and the responsible Government cannot shirk its responsibility and deny the rights to the citizens merely on the ground of financial constraints. The callousness of Govt is evident from the fact that the proposal of enhancement of pension was kept pending and was not considered in the budget for the year 2015-16. Even in the budgetary provisions for the year 2016-17 no steps were taken for allocation of funds for enhancing the pension to the really deserving persons, namely widows; old aged persons, handicapped persons with more than 60% disability. Former Minister has sought speedy release of funds from the Centre for pensions of old age, widows and disabled people under National Social Assistance Programme.