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Bangalore: A State-level coordination committee on the overall development of “differently abled” persons has recommended that three per cent of the total number of vacancies in all government departments at all levels be filled for empowering the physically disabled persons.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday after the meeting of the coordination committee, P.K.H. Tharakan, adviser to the Governor, and Director of the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Shalini Rajaneesh said that according to an estimate there were over 17,000 vacancies in various departments.

The committee’s recommendation would be forwarded to the Executive Committee for further action, they said.

Counselling

The Government had plans to set up genetic counselling centres as marriages among blood relatives would generally result in genetic disorders. The Spastics Society would start a technical cell in association with the State Resource Centre for training special educators and establish counselling centres, they said. A working plan had been drawn up to establish special schools for children up to six years and suffering from severe disability, as identified by a survey conducted by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, they said.

In compliance with the decision of the Union Government pertaining to payment of contribution to the Employees Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance schemes for promoting the employment of disabled persons in the private sector, the State Government had instructed all those concerned to implement the schemes with effect from April 1, 2008. The Union Government had decided that it would pay the EPF and ESI contribution instead of employers for the first three years for those disabled persons employed on or after April 1, 2008. However, the employer would continue to pay the administrative charges of 1.1 per cent of the wages of the employees covered under the EPF and the Miscellaneous Provisions Act, they said.

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