Beerappa Chilwadagi, organising secretary of the association of State government employees with disabilities, has criticised the government for dilly-dallying on payment of conveyance allowance.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mr. Chilwadagi said that the government had accepted the recommendations of a committee constituted by it to pay 6 per cent of basic pay as conveyance allowance to persons with disabilities.
“The State government has failed to respond positively to the daylong dharna staged by the association members recently seeking implementation of its decision,” he said.
Mr. Chilwadagi took exception to alleged harassment by some officials of persons with disabilities who had been appointed under a special quota system, demanding that doctor’s certificate for disability be produced.
Such persons were being denied various other facilities, he said and threatened to launch a protest against the officials concerned.
He urged the government to extend all the benefits available to persons with disabilities, including 5 per cent reservation in recruitment.
Mr. Chilwadagi stated that panchayats should be directed to spend 5 per cent of their total annual budget for the welfare of persons with disabilities. According to Mr. Chilwadagi, only 3 per cent of the 5 per cent reservation in recruitment was being provided to persons with disabilities.
Panchayats were not utilising the funds meant for the welfare of such persons, Mr. Chilwadagi said.
Among those who spoke was Bharmappa Kattimani, convener of the association.