Govt hikes grants for Persons with Disabilities

Government has increased by six times the annual allocation to states under a scheme to provide barrier free access to Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in important government buildings.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 00:05 AM IST

New Delhi: Government has increased by six
times the annual allocation to states under a scheme to
provide barrier free access to Persons with Disabilities (PwD)
in important government buildings.
"The government has increased the annual allocation under
this scheme from Rs 15-20 crore to Rs 100 crore and has
invited proposals from states to give central assistance for
this purpose to ensure proper access to the Persons with
Disabilities," a senior official of the Ministry of Social
Justice and Empowerment said here today.
Central assistance will also be given to make government
websites at the state and district levels accessible to lakhs
of PwDs as per guidelines issued by the Department of
Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances.

The ministry has made a notional allocation to the states
based upon their population of PwDs as per Census, 2001 and
has requested them to sent proposals on that basis, the source
said.

A notional allocation of Rs 16.50 crore has been made for
Uttar Pradesh, 8.90 crore for West Bengal, 7.90 crore for
Tamil Nadu, 7.60 crore for Maharashtra, 6.70 crore for Madhya
Pradesh and 6.60 crore for Andhra Pradesh. Similar notional
allocations have also been communicated to other states based
on their population of PwDs.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (PwDs), 2008, to which India is a signatory, has
been repeatedly asking for making buildings, work places,
facilities including information, communication and other
services accessible to PwDs on an equal basis.

Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Mukul
Wasnik had also written to the Chief Ministers of all states
recently urging them to make important buildings and websites
of the state government accessible to people with disabilities
in a time-bound manner.

PTI