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Government to increase pension for differently-abled

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Itagar, Feb 22: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday announced to increase pension and honorarium for differently abled people under Chief Minister’s Disability Pension Scheme and also said that the ensuing budget will see substantial increase in funds for their welfare.

The chief minister disclosed it after iugurating the Composite Regiol Centre for Persons with Disabilities in presence of Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot and Union Minister for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, an official release informed.

The centre is established under the tiol Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD), Kolkata of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

The Centre has announced Rs 20 crore for establishment of the centre and also 17 numbers of posts have been created to fill various vacancies to run the institute.

Khandu asked state Parliamentary Secretary for Social Justice Gojen Gadi to identify two acres of land for immediate start of the project.

Expressing regret over government department’s failure to fully implement the 5% job quota for the disabled, the chief minister asked them to strictly follow it. Also for the benefit of disabled person, he announced that a good amount of fund would be placed for organizing paralympics in the state in the coming budget.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Rijiju appealed to the people to change their mindset towards differently abled people as they too have equal rights to live a respectable life.

He urged people to encourage them and make them believed that they are too normal human being capable of living an independent life.

The Union Minister lauded Prime Minister rendra Modi for giving official recognition to disabled persons as ‘Divyangjan’ from their earlier nomenclature of ‘viklang’.

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