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8 categories of disabled to get pension scheme 4.10.2021 (Public policy & Programs)

Jaipur: While under the Prashashan Gaon-Sahar Ke Sangh Abhiyaan, the state government promised to identify specially abled persons left out of the social justice and empowerment department’s pension scheme, it was notified that people with only 8 categories of disabilities, out of 21 listed categories, will benefit during the campaign.

Under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, there are 21 categories of disabilities. The state has identified eight categories, including blindness, low vision, people cured of leprosy, hearing impaired, locomotor disability, mental retardation, mental illness, and dwarfism.
Director and joint secretary of the department, OP Bunkar, said all people, who will be identified and issued disability certificates during the campaign by the health department shall become eligible for the pension scheme.
“Despite announcing during the budget that the divyang pensioners will be listed under the below poverty line category, the state has not notified it. Moreover, on the issue of notifying 21 categories of disabilities, the state government has not amended the pension rules yet. This shows negligence and irresponsibility of the officials,” said Hemant Bhai Goyal, vice-president of the Divyang Adhikar Mahasangh.

An official of the department, requesting anonymity, said, “Now, there are eight categories of disabilities in the state. New rules are being framed to notify all the 21 categories of disabilities.”