Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said orders had been issued towards disbursement of loans to the extent of Rs.600 crore by March this year for self help groups formed by the physically-challenged across the State. This is against the Rs.200 crore loans disbursed last year to the groups, he said at a meeting to celebrate the 204{+t}{+h}birth anniversary of Louis Braille here on Friday.

He said Rs.39 crore hadbeen released for building ramps to improve access for the disabled. Another Rs.37 crore was released for disabled-friendly toilets in about 7,000 schools. Over 5,000 physically-challenged persons will benefit from surgeries organised at an expenditure of Rs.40 crore, while ‘SADAREM’ camps will help identify the physically-challenged persons.