Disabilities commissioner issues notice to revenue dept

1.31 lakh persons denied honorarium issued by State government

Commissioner for persons with disabilities K V Rajanna said a notice has been issued to revenue department for withholding honorarium to specially-abled persons in the state.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Rajanna slammed the revenue department for denying honorarium to 1.31 lakh persons without providing any reason.

He said several persons have failed to receive their honorarium for as long as 18 months as the revenue department has said that they had submitted false documents. “If that is a case, let them give a detailed list of beneficiaries and reasons for omitting them from receiving the honorarium,” he added.

While a notice has been sent to the principal secretary of revenue department, he warned of legal action against the officials. He said if the officials failed to respond to the notice, summons would be issued and action would be taken against them.

Similar situation was observed in K R Nagar recently and following the initiative of the local MLA, the revenue department has released funds from June. But, the revenue department should release pending honorarium immediately, he demanded.

Observing that denying honorarium was amounting to denying the people their fundamental rights, he said action could be taken against erring officials by approaching
the National Human Rights Commission.

Commenting on the situation in Mysore district, he said of the 38,000 specially-abled, honorarium has been stopped for 8,000 persons. A meeting has been convened on September 24 at the office of the deputy commissioner to discuss the issue. All tahsildars and assistant commissioners have been directed to attend the meeting.

According to the 2001 census, 9.48 lakh were found to be specially-abled, but according to the survey conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), the number is pegged at 19.8 lakh. The latest figures of specially-abled would be available once the census details are released.

Committee formed

Rajanna said that a committee comprising women and child welfare department deputy director N R Vijay has been formed to identify government buildings, which fail to provide accessability to specially-abled. He said despite law being passed several years back, government offices are yet to construct ramps for the specially-abled.

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