Need more scholarships for disabled persons: Par Committee
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 22:14
New Delhi: A Parliamentary committee has pulled up the social justice and empowerment ministry for inadequate number of scholarships for disabled persons across the country and asked it to introduce more such benefits.

"Though the ministry has said that they are implementing a scholarship scheme for students with disabilities from a fund called National fund for people with disabilities, the Committee's opinion is that providing mere 500 scholarships is not sufficient," the Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment said in its report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

The Committee also said it was unconvinced with the Ministry's reply that disability is in the state list and many states are not implementing their own scholarship schemes for such persons.

It observed that out of the 28 states and seven Union Territories, only 16 states are implementing their own scholarship schemes for students with disabilities.

"The Committee has recommended that the Ministry introduce and implement scholarship schemes for disabled students covering all states and UTs in the pattern of scholarship schemes as it exists for OBCs/implementing," the report said.

The Committee also conveyed its unhappiness over the 'nil' expenditure under the scheme of assistance for construction of old age homes for the indigent senior citizens from 2007 to 2010.

"The reason cited by the Ministry for nil expenditure was that the scheme was still awaiting approval of the Planning Commission. It has been recommended that the scheme should be formulated early and its details be worked out expeditiously within the first trimester of the financial year," it observed.


First Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 22:14

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