People with disabilities seek benefits

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The Akhila Karnataka Angavikara Horata Samiti has demanded that the State Government allocate 10 per cent of the total outlay in the next budget for the welfare of physically challenged persons. The samiti has also sought inclusion of all physically challenged persons in the Yeshaswini Health Insurance Scheme.

State president of the samiti Umesh S. Kulkarni told presspersons here on Monday that the State Government, while taking into account the population of physically challenged persons in the State, should allocate sufficient funds for the welfare of those with physical disabilities. Apart from this, he said, the State Government should also ensure that at least three per cent of the allocations made for the zilla, taluk and gram panchayats, the municipalities and the city municipal corporations be earmarked for welfare programmes of those with such disabilities. He said that according to Central and State government rules, three per cent of funds allocated to legislators for development work should be earmarked for the physically challenged. “But so far, these provisions have not been implemented,” he said. He urged the State to create a more disability-friendly infrastructure so that each one could work for common welfare.

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