Hyderabad: Taking decision on the long pending demand of the associations of physically handicapped, the State government has hiked the marriage incentive to the handicapped from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 and also announced extension of Rajiv Arogyasri scheme to the physically challenged employees.
The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Thursday held a meeting with the associations of physically challenged to discuss their issues and demands. The Chief Minister has taken a positive decision on majority of the demands of the associations.
Speaking to the media after the meeting in the Secretariat, the Minister for Women Welfare and Child Development, Disabled Welfare, Ms Sunitha Laxma Reddy, said that the government hitherto was extending marriage incentive of Rs 10,000 to encourage the non-disabled to marry disabled persons. The Chief Minister has taken a decision increasing the amount to Rs 50,000. In addition to this, the Chief Minister has directed the officials to immediately clear the pending marriage incentives of the handicapped totaling Rs 2.36 crores. It was also decided to immediately release pending cosmetic charges of disabled hostel students amounting to Rs 25 lakhs, she added. Besdes, subsidy on banks would be extended to the handicapped on par with the SCs and STs, she said.
“Agricultural lands and house-sites will be extended to the eligible physically challenged persons. The disabled employees would be provided an opportunity to get transfer to the place of their choice. The rule of two years minimum service at a place for transfer will be also be relaxed in this regard”, she revealed.
SPECIAL FOCUS ON WOMEN WELFARE
Stating that the Chief Minister has instructed the officials concerned to take special care on welfare of women, who constituted 50 per cent in the population, the Minister said that training programs would be conducted to develop skills in the women in tune with the demand in the job market. Reminding that two government-run disabled homes and three old age homes were running in the State, she said that it was decided to set up one new “old age home” in all regions keeping the demand in mind. “The Chief Minister also instructed the officials to pay special attention to the areas where Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Mother Mortality Rate (MMR) were high and take steps to bring it down it.”, the Minister said.
Ms Sunitha Laxma Reddy said that the officials have been directed to see that there was no delay in extending incentives to the women under Janani Suraksha Scheme. The amount would be given to the women when they were discharged from the hospital after delivery.
Stating that adolescent girls and boys generally attracted towards ‘bad’ things due to age factor, the Minister said that ‘Yuva Centers’ would be set up at the district and Taluq headquarter to provide counseling to them. It was also decided to construct own buildings for Anganwadi centers, which were running in rented buildings. The Chief Minister also instructed the officials to strictly implement the Girl Child Protection Scheme in the State, she added. (NSS)