Special ID Cards for Persons with Disability; Praise for Kerala

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot congratulated the Kerala government for preparing an authentic data bank of differently-abled citizens in the State.

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot

He said this while inaugurating the construction works of the upcoming Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) at Chevayur, Kozhikode. He announced a financial aid of Rs. 19 crore for completing the centre.

The Kozhikode CRC is one of the seven Composite Regional Centres for PwDs set up by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to overcome the lack of adequate facilities for rehabilitation of PwDs. They are meant to provide both preventive and promotional aspects of rehabilitation like education, health, employment and vocational training, research and manpower development, rehabilitation for PwDs.

Special ID cards for persons with disabilities

The minister also revealed that the Union government was planning to introduce special identity cards for PwDs in the country, which would enable them to claim the benefits of various government welfare schemes.

PM to launch Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) on December 3

Gehlot explained the vision behind the Union government’s ambitious upcoming Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan). He said it would strive to promote the concept of universal accessibility for all, especially for PwDs.

The campaign will promote the concept of universal accessibility for all, especially for persons with disabilities.
The campaign will promote the concept of universal accessibility for all, especially for PwDs.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the project on December 3. Kozhikode district too would get special funds from the government to facilitate the implementation of the concept,” he said.

Explaining the steps taken by the Centre for the welfare of the differently-abled, Gehlot said the government has extended pre-matric and post-matric scholarships to all eligible students.

“The Union Government has also requested state governments to come up with proposals for the welfare and rehabilitation of the differently-abled,” he added.

Rs. 1,700 crore for NISH, Thiruvananthapuram

Earlier, the Union Minister visited the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), Thiruvananthapuram, which was recently elevated as India’s first University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies, and praised the state government’s initiative to build an institute as NISH which provides high quality services for the population with disabilities.

NISH, which was elevated to India's first University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies
NISH, which was elevated to India’s first University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies

He said Centre will invest Rs 1,700 crore in phases to transform NISH as the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies to benefit differently-abled people.

“It is provisioned to spend Rs 390 crore for the first five years of expansion of the University which will have infrastructure as well as operational components,” said Gehlot.

“The rest of the amount will be granted in the next phases which will span another five years,” added the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

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