GUWAHATI, June 21: “A skill development institute with an objective to uplift the differently abled of the state will be established soon at Boko. For this, Rs 15 crore has been earmarked in the Budget,” said Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma. Attending a programme organised by the Pratibandhi Suraksha Sanstha, Assam to felicitate the differently abled meritorious students, who shone in the HSLC and HS examination, Brahma said that pursuing higher education by the differently abled students is a challenge.
Asserting to remove the bottlenecks faced by the differently abled students, Brahma informed the gathering that the proposal to improve the Guwahati Blind High School located at Basistha has already been raised in the state Cabinet. Admitting that a number of teaching positions are lying vacant since years at the school, Brahma said that lack of infrastructure to give a lift to the differently abled is a matter of serious concern. Highlighting that the current stipend amount of Rs 5,000 has been increased to Rs 12,000 for the differently abled, Brahma said, “Discussion with the department of Finance is on to hike the amount to Rs 24,000.” Stating that fulfilling the demand raised by the Pratibandhi Suraksha Sanstha, Assam is not impossible, Brahma assured the gathering to provide identity cards to the differently abled for a better recognition and said, “Rs one lakh has been issued to the respective Deputy Commissioners of all the districts of the state.” She also advocated that the welfare schemes available for the common people should also equally be extended to the differently abled.
Responding to the demand raised by the Sanstha to fulfill as many as 4,419 backlog posts lying vacant in different departments for the differently abled, Brahma informed the gathering that the State government is preparing a special memo to initiate a special recruitment drive.
During the programme, Sanstha general secretary Nripen Malakar delivered the welcome address. Also attending the programme were Palash Ranjan Gharphalia, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and Hitesh Baruah.