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1386 disabled under IGNDPS in state
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Feb. 2011 12:26 AM IST
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A total of 1386 beneficiaries are availing assistance under Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) in Nagaland, informed the state social welfare department Friday.
Speaking at the state level disability advocacy programme at Carmel school campus, Chekiye village here, the social welfare programme officer DTH Anthony said the beneficiaries were being paid pension amount of `200 per month.
A two-day programme is being organised by community-based rehabilitation (CBR) forum partners for persons with disabilities to expand the care and support services available for differently-abled people living in different parts of the state.
According to the officer as many as 100 differently-abled persons were being given `100 under state disability pension, saying there was a proposal to enhance the amount to `200.
He also pointed out that around 510 students with disabilities were receiving scholarships from the government. The officer revealed that `35 was being offered to students from class 1 to 4 and `50 to students from class 5-8.
It was stated that amount has not been enhanced for the last 25 years.
The programme officer also answered to some of the queries raised by the audience and assured to take up their grievances and demands with the higher-ups.
Also, speaking at the programme, the joint GM of NST Neikepelie said the department did not have any facilities except to offer travel pass in public transport.
He advised the differently-abled persons to obtain certificate from social welfare department to avail such travel pass. The joint general manager also urged them not to misuse their passes, while citing an instance where a person was allegedly found using travel pass meant for disabled.
Others who spoke at the programme included government college, Dimapur principal Dr. Norbert Noroha, food & civil supplies joint director Abukula Jamir and several others.
The CBR forum Bangalore, advocacy coordinator M Chandrasekar, who himself is a locomotor-disabled was the resource person and facilitator of the meeting.
The CBR forum partners in Dimapur are a network of NGOs working for the welfare and development of the people with different types of disabilities with the “right-based approach.”

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