Indian government to introduce identity cards for persons with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, December 1 2015
NEW DELHI: Revealing that the government was planning to introduce identity cards for all persons with disabilities in the country, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot has said that it would enable them to claim the benefits of various government welfare schemes.
Gehlot also announced a financial aid of Rs. 19 crore for completing the project.
He congratulated the Kerala Government for preparing an authentic data bank of persons with disabilities in the state.
“The upcoming Accessible India Campaign -Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan- would strive to promote the concept of universal accessibility for all, especially for persons with disabilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the project on December 3 and districts including Kozhikode would get special funds from the government to facilitate the implementation of the project,” he said.
Explaining the steps taken by the Centre for the welfare of persons with disabilities, Gehlot said the government has extended pre-matric and post-matric scholarships to all eligible students.
“The Union Government has also requested state governments to come up with proposals for the welfare and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities,” he added.