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Pension for Divyangs should be increased to ?1,500: Mahasangh dtd. 13.11.2022

Jaipur: During the pre-budget meeting, vice-president of Divyang Adhikar Mahasangh Hemant Bhai Goyal proposed that pension for specially- abled persons should be increased to Rs 1,500 from Rs 750.

A pre-budget meeting for the financial year 2023-24, under the leadership of chief minister Ashok Gehlot, with the representatives of civil society groups and consumer organisations was held on Thursday.

Goyal also suggested that vacant posts of technicians at Rehabilitation and Research centre, Jaipur (SMS hospital), should be filled and new posts of speech therapists, audiologists, clinical psychologists should be created by the state government.

Apart from these, he also suggested that specially-abled persons should be nominated as members at panchayati raj bodies on a similar pattern as Chattisgarh, 5% reservation for specially-abled persons in MGNREGA work. He also said during the meeting that despite giving BPL (below poverty line) status to persons with disabilities (PwDs), the guidelines for the same have not been issued.

“They should have been added to the National Food Security Act (NFSA). By doing so, they would have been exempted from paying Rs 850 for Chiranjeevi scheme. Around 80 lakh PwDs in the state would be benefited by this. The chief minister has asked me to prepare a note of all the suggestions and submit it to him,” said Goyal.

Goyal further suggested opening of a special ITI (Industrial Training Institute) in Jaipur, opening of a college for visually-impaired persons, providing 5% reservation in employment for PwDs in the private sector, creating new posts of interpreters and ensuring disabled-friendly environment at workplaces.