Implement welfare schemes: official

State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities K.V. Rajanna has expressed displeasure at the slow pace of implementation of welfare programmes meant for disabled persons.

“The Union and State governments have spent around Rs. 600 crore for welfare of persons with disabilities in the State in the last 10 years. However, the living conditions of these people have not improved. This is due to the slow pace of implementation of projects and indifference of officials to the plight of these peoples,” Mr. Rajanna said at a review meeting here on Monday.

He said he had initiated proceedings against the Secretary, Primary Education, for failing to implement the scheme meant for persons with disabilities. He asked the Education Department officials to strive towards providing integrated education to persons with disabilities. He asked the officials to see that all children with disabilities who drop out of school were identified and sent back there. He instructed officials to ensure that 3 per cent of all grants were reserved for the welfare of the disabled as stipulated by the Disability Act of 1995. Action would be initiated against officials who didn't follow the rule, he said. Mr. Rajanna told the officials that the disability certificate given to persons with disabilities could be used by beneficiaries for at least 10 years. There was no need to produce the original certificate every time the beneficiary applied under a government scheme. It was enough if they submitted photocopies, he said. He asked the officials to provide such certificates at the taluk level.

The officials said there were 34,142 persons with disabilities in Bidar district, including 6,000 children. However, only 24,626 of them were getting a social security pension. Mr. Rajanna asked the officials to ensure all eligible persons get their pension.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Manikappa Mangalagi and Assistant Commissioner Khusboo Goel were present.