Chandigarh, August 6 – Haryana Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Om Prakash Yadav said that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are an important part of society and can also play a key role in various works of the welfare for the country and society.
The Minister of State said that the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) should also compete with others as they also have dreams of making their parents proud. The purpose of Schemes for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) is to provide social security to those unable to earn a living on their own. For this, financial assistance is given to them by the State Government. A budget of Rs 440 crore has been allotted for this Scheme in the year 2020-21, out of which an amount of Rs. 155.59 crore has been spent. The state government is giving honorarium of Rs. 2,250 per month to the differently-abled. So far, 1,74,564 beneficiaries have been given benefits under this Scheme.
Mr. Yadav said that under the leadership of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal today even the last person standing in the queue has been provided complete benefit of public welfare schemes. Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) need to be made aware of their rights so that they can play a significant role in the development of society, he added. A Para-Olympic Games player from Haryana, Deepa Malik, and other players have brought laurels to the country and state by winning medals in the Para-Olympic Games and are also a source of inspiration for others. The medal-winning players are honoured under the sports policy of the state.
He said that in a residential school is being run for boys and girls with disabilities in Panipat where the students between the age group of six to 18 years, are provided education up to Class 12, along with books, food, and residential facilities free of cost. He informed that a training centre for visually impaired adults in the age group of 18 years to 45 years is also being run in Panipat which offers three years of vocational training in cane weaving, candle-making, and music etc. Out of a budget of Rs 328.92 lakh for this school, an amount of Rs 98.22 lakh has been spent.
He said that under Divyang Scholarship Scheme scholarship is being given to students with 40 per cent or more disabilities, studying in schools, colleges and universities of the state. Under this scheme, a scholarship of Rs 400 to Rs 1,500 per month according to their Class in which they are studying is being given. He further added that out of a budget of Rs. 120 lakh, an amount of Rs. 1.38 lakh has been spent on this scheme in the year 2020-21.