MGNREGS seems to have very limited impact on the lives of people with disabilities (PWD) in Koraput district.

While only one in a hundred worked under the scheme, 1,137 out of 2,351 PWDs, surveyed in seven blocks of the district, were yet to get even a job card, Bidyut Mahanty, secretary, SPREAD, said.

He was speaking at the district-level interface of persons with disabilities with the district-level officials at Koraput on Friday.

Schools were ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of the PWDs as there were no teachers in the schools specially trained on the subject, in addition to lack of proper infrastructure to facilitate their learning.

There were 868 children living with some kind of disability or the other in these blocks, out of which 378 were still out of school.

While there were no specific targeted plans and designs to support the PWDs functioning successfully in the district, popular welfare programmes of the State, such as issuing of disability certificate and provision of disability pension, were also far from the reach of these persons.

Disability certificate

Out of the surveyed ones, 895 had not got disability certificates while 1,597 were counting their days with a hope to get disability pension, he added. The programme was organised by seven civil society organisations working in seven blocks of the district and was attended by hundreds of PWDs. from the different parts of the district. Balamukund Bhuyan, DPC , SSA, spoke.