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Data on social security systems show low spending | Thiruvananthapuram News

Thiruvananthapuram: While the state is immensely proud of its advancements in the social security sector, especially during the ongoing pandemic period, government data on physical performance shows otherwise. According to data from the state planning agency, only 9.62% of the total resources for 22 social security schemes were spent in five months in the current fiscal year.
According to the data to which TOI has access, only Rs 15.44 crore of the total allocated Rs 160.46 crore has been spent on 22 social security schemes being implemented under the Kerala Social Security Mission in the current fiscal year. Worse, 10 programs out of 22 have not spent any of the allocated funds. These include Suraksha Fund for Cancer Children, Snehapoorvam (scheme for providing financial assistance to orphans living in a family, with their relatives, friends or community support), Ashwasa Kiranam (assistance to carers of bedridden or mentally or physically challenged patients), Sneha Sparsham (rehabilitation of unwed mothers and their children), Endosulfan victims package, Thalolam (free treatment for children under 18 years of age suffering from kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, brittle bone disease, hemophilia , Thalassemia, sickle cell disease, orthopedic malformations and other neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects and accidents requiring surgery), care providers for inmates of institutions under the social justice department, funds for district early intervention centers, providing assistance solutions for persons with disabilities under about flood victims and for providing training, research and new initiatives.
For some of the schemes that started spending, spending is minuscule. For example, the Samashwasam scheme which aims to provide financial aid to kidney patients below the poverty line, the expenditure is only Rs 18 lakhs (3.7%) of the Rs 5 crore allocated for the current financial year. The highest expenditure of the social security schemes is for the hunger free city program, for which only a minuscule Rs 50 lakh has been set aside, of which Rs 42 lakh has been spent. The highest allocation of all 22 schemes is for the Ashwasa Kiranam scheme which has been allocated Rs 40 crore but nothing has been spent to date.
Opposition leader VD Satheesan said such a lukewarm approach by the government to social security schemes, especially during the pandemic period, is unjustifiable. “Funds are allocated, but not spent, which would mean that there is a serious backlog in the supervision of the schemes. It is during difficult times like Covid-19 that social security schemes become all the more important. For example, several petitions are asking for intervention to release the funds under Ashwasa Kiranam, which would have been a great relief to the beneficiaries,” said Satheesan.