‘India lacks proper financing for disabled people’
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 15:33
Geneva: Millions of disabled people in India, drawn from the poorest sections of the society, receive only a pittance from the government's social welfare budget- as compared to billions of rupees granted to cricket and the corporate sector through generous fiscal sops, a report says.

"In India, in 2005-2006, the spending on the welfare of people with disabilities - which focused on support to national disability institutions, non-government organisations providing services and spending on assistive devices- represented 0.05 per cent of Ministry of Social Justice and Welfare allocations," says the new report jointly released today by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank.

"The lack of effective financing for support- or its distribution within a country- is a major obstacle to sustainable services," says the report on 'World Disability'.

It said that India, which grants billions of rupees to cricket and the corporate sector through generous fiscal sops, has a huge number of disabled people to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock their vast potential.

"More than one billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability," the report says, calling on governments to scale up the assistance for the disabled people so to provide access to mainstream services and unlock the vast potential.

Disabled people encounter a range of barriers in their daily lives such as inadequate policies and standards, negative attitudes, lack of provision of services, problems with service delivery, and inadequate funding.


First Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 15:33

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