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Provide the disabled with all benefits

Provide the disabled with all benefits

K.S. Rajanna, Commissioner for Disabilities, has warned officials that stringent action would be initiated if they failed to effectively provide the facilities available to the persons with disabilities.

Chairing a review meeting on the development works taken to implement the projects for the differently abled under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium in Yadgir on Wednesday, Mr. Rajanna took exception to the delay in issuing identity cards to the differently abled by the Department for Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, and failure to extend the available benefits for the eligible persons.

Officials said that a total of 25,000 persons with disabilities have been identified in the district, and of them, 14,000 had been provided facilities such as a monthly pension, but most were yet to be provided with identity cards.

Deputy Commissioner Manoj Jain said there was a lack of doctors in hospitals to issue medical certificates to the differently abled. He said doctors available at the district hospital would be entrusted with conducting medical examination on a weekly basis at all taluk centers to provide the medical certificates.

Mr. Rajanna asked the officials to ensure that all formalities, required to enable persons with disabilities to get a monthly pension, were strictly completed within three months.

He also suggested the officials take action against Village Rehabilitation Workers and Multi-purpose Rehabilitation Workers if they failed to work effectively work towards rehabilitating persons with disabilities and ensuring proper implementation of government schemes.

Currently, persons with 100 percent disability received Rs. 1,500 per month, those with 75 percent disability Rs. 1,200, and those with more than 40 percent disability Rs. 500 as a pension.

Source: The Hindu

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