Orissa to set up directorate for physically disabled persons
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 00:34
Bhubaneswar: Orissa government today decided to set up a separate directorate for physically challenged persons besides amending industrial policy resolution (IPR) to reserve jobs for them in industries.

"IPR needs to be amended to provide job reservation for the physically challenged," Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Malick told reporters after a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

It was also decided to supply rice at Rs 2/kg to physically challenged persons on the line of BPL families, she said adding special schools for handicapped students would now be under the school and mass education department.

All the 116 special schools would get grants from Sarva Sikshya Abhiyan (SSA) after they come under the department, the minister said.

About 81 un-aided schools imparting education to disabled students would also get government aid.

With disabled persons facing difficulties in getting handicapped certificates from district headquarter hospitals, the government decided to make the facility available at block levels. "Physically challenged persons can now get certificates from community health centres (CHCs)," she said.

Besides setting up an industrial training institute (ITI) for them, the state government decided to build a special women’s hostel here to lodge working disabled females.

There were about 10 lakh disabled persons in the state, the minister said.

A monitoring committee headed by the Chief Minister would oversee implementation of these plans.


First Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 00:34

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