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Steps on to provide 3 % quota to physically challenged: Minister

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HELPING HAND: Puducherry Speaker R. Radhakrishnan distributing the loan amount to a physically challenged person at a function in Puducherry on Tuesday. Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy (right) and M. Ramadass (left), MP are in the picture.
HELPING HAND: Puducherry Speaker R. Radhakrishnan distributing the loan amount to a physically challenged person at a function in Puducherry on Tuesday. Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy (right) and M. Ramadass (left), MP are in the picture.

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Meeting soon to work out modalities, says Kandasamy

PUDUCHERRY: Steps are being taken to provide three per cent reservation to physically challenged persons in government departments and private firms in the Union Territory, Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy said here on Tuesday.

A meeting of heads of departments and representatives from private enterprises would be convened shortly to work out the modalities for implementing reservation for physically challenged persons, he said.

He was speaking at a function to distribute loan amounts to the physically challenged, provided by the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, Faridabad.

Complimenting those persons who have availed themselves of the loan under the scheme for prompt repayment, he said “the physically challenged persons have set an example to others in repayment of loans given by government undertakings. It was highly satisfactory that majority of them have repaid the loans taken earlier.”

Mr. Kandasamy said since the government was “facing severe funds crunch” it would not go for loan waiver on its own.

“Hereafter, if the Union government initiates any loan waiver we would implement it. From the territorial administration side we won’t initiate any such programme.”

He along with Speaker R. Radhakrishnan distributed loans amounting to Rs 58,85,000 to 97 physically challenged persons for setting up small enterprises such as provision shops, dairy farms, fishnet and textiles. The amount was sanctioned by the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation for 2008-09. Since the scheme was launched in 2000, as many as 867 persons benefited, the Minister said.

Mr. Radhakrishnan appealed to the government to evolve a plan to provide reservation for physically challenged persons while appointing temporary and daily rated employees.

Member of Parliament M. Ramadass said the beneficiaries should repay the loans in time so that the government can extend programme to others.


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