KARNATAKA

Official reviews implementation of Act

SHIMOGA, OCT. 7. The Commissioner for Persons with Disability Act, L. Krishnamurthy, said here on Thursday that physically challenged persons could complain to his organisation if there was any violation of the Act.

Reviewing the implementation of the Disability Act of 1995 at a meeting with officials, he said that both the Supreme Court and the Centre had viewed the violation of the rights conferred on the physically challenged seriously.

He said that it was mandatory for the Deputy Commissioners to send a quarterly report on the implementation of the Act to the Board.

Welfare programmes

Mr. Krishnamurthy said that 10 per cent of the population of the country and about 6 per cent in the State were physically challenged. The Government had introduced several welfare programmes for them, including three per cent reservation for them in recruitment for A and B category posts, he said.

He warned that criminal cases would be booked against those who were found to have given wrong information or suppressed facts while giving affidavit to claim benefits extended to disabled persons.

The Assistant Commissioner for Persons with Disability Act, B.C. Pradeepkumar; the Deputy Commissioner, Tushar Girinath; the Assistant Commissioner, J. Ravishankar, and the Superintendent of Police, K.H. Srinivasan, were present.

Adalats

Later talking to presspersons, Mr. Krishnamurthy said that taluk- and district-level adalats would be conducted to educate physically challenged persons about the benefits being offered by the Government.

Funds

Krishnamurthy said that it had come to his notice that the funds earmarked for treatment of disability and for corrective surgery were not fully utilised in the district. He said that 13,854 persons had been identified in the district as physically challenged and steps were being taken to extend the benefits available to them.