State reserves jobs for disabled

State reserves jobs for disabled

Three per cent in grade A and B posts; five per cent in C and D posts

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Patil said he had held a review meeting with principal secretaries of all departments and directed them to reserve posts for people with disabilities as per the Persons  with Disabilities Act that prescribes a minimum of three per cent job reservation for disabled persons.

All departments had been directed to set aside at least five per cent of their funds as grants for the welfare of the disabled, he said.

Bhagyalakshmi bonds

Patil said the delay in distributing Bhagyalakshmi bonds to two lakh beneficiaries was due to the problem in the distribution of BPL cards.

With the department having made it compulsory for beneficiaries to produce BPL cards along with their income certificates, the minister said the remaining bonds would be issued only after the BPL card “mess” is sorted out. The department has set aside Rs 50 crore for distribution of sarees to mothers of Bhagylakshmi beneficiaries this year, he added.

Bala Sanjeevini

Patil said the government had allocated a budget of Rs five crore for the Bala Sanjeevini programme this year, under which children of BPL families, in the age group 0-6 and ailing from health problems would receive free medical treatment.

The health cover per child is Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 per annum. The department has identified five hospitals presently – Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health Hospital, Bangalore; Bapuji Child Health Institute, Davangere; KLE Hospital, Belgaum; MR Medical College, Gulbarga; and Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore – where children identified by anganwadi workers or Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) can avail   treatment.

The scheme comes around 18 ailments including meningitis, diabetes, renal failure, liver problems, neurological disorders, and heart related disorders. The department has also set up District Disabled Rehabilitation Center in four districts namely Mysore, Gadag, Haveri and Raichur as a pilot project.

Here children with disabilities will be provided medical care and training facilities, for which the department has set aside Rs 30 lakh annually for each district. The programme is being implemented with the assistance of Red Cross.


 

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