Schemes arising out of the Implementation of the Persons with Disabilities

A number of schemes are being formulated under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities Protection of Rights and full participation) Act, 1995 Schemes arising out of the Implementation of the Persons with Disabilitiesalso. Schemes under implementation at present are as under:-

  1. Incentives to Employers in the Private Sector for Providing Regular Employment to Persons with Disabilities
    A Central Sector Scheme of providing one-lakh jobs per annum to the persons with disabilities, with a proposed outlay of Rs.1800 crore, during the 11th Plan Period has already been sanctioned from 1.4.2008 by the Government. Under the Scheme, the Government will make payment of the employer’s contribution to the Employees Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance for the first three years, as an incentive, in return of employment of persons with disabilities with monthly wage up to Rs 25000/- per month.
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  2. Models to promote awareness about accessibility features in public buildings
    Funds are being provided to Universities / Administrative Training Centres in the States/UTs and State Secretariats etc. for installing lifts etc. to provided barrier free access to persons with disabilities.
  3. Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities (CRCs)
    Due to lack of adequate facilities for rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, the Ministry has set up five Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities at Srinagar, Sundernagar (Himachal Pradesh), Lucknow, Bhopal and Guwahati to provide both preventive and promotional aspects of rehabilitation like education, health, employment and vocational training, research and manpower development, rehabilitation for persons with disabilities etc.
  4. District Disability Rehabilitation Centers (DDRCs)
    The Ministry with active support of State Governments is facilitating setting up District Disability Rehabilitation Centers (DDRCs) to provide rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. Centres are being set up in unreached and unserved districts of the country in a phased manner. These centers are to provide services for prevention and early detection, referral for medical intervention and surgical correction, fitment of artificial aids and appliances, therapeutical services such as physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, provision of training for acquisition of skills through vocational training, job placement in local industries etc. at district headquarters as well as through camp approach.
    100 new DDRCs are going to be set up by 2012, out of which 50 DDRCs are to be set up during current financial year and remaining 50 are set up during next financial year. A letter dated 09.06.2010 in this regard setting out the modalities of setting up new DDRCs from Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment has been addressed to all the Chief Secretaries of the State/Union Territories (-1 ) (PDF file that opens in a new window)
    A letter dated 14.06.2010 in this regard indicating the Districts where the new DDRCs are to be set up along with the copy of the guidelines of the Scheme of DDRC and also the modalities of setting up new DDRCs from Joint Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment has been addressed to the Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries of the concerned State/Union Territories.(-1 ) (PDF file that opens in a new window)
    A letter no. 15-10/2004-DD-IV dated 12.07.2010 from Joint Secretary (SD) regarding revision of District Disability Rehabilitation Centre Scheme funded under Scheme for Implementation of PwD Act. (-1 ) (PDF file that opens in a new window)
  5. Awareness Generation Programme
    A pilot project for creation of awareness on prevention and early detection and intervention of various types of disabilities has been taken up. The project envisages dissemination of information in rural areas through Anganwadi workers and covers 30 districts (17 in Uttar Pradesh and 13 in Bihar). Recently a pilot project has been taken up in 13 districts of Assam also. The programme is under implementation.
  6. Technology Development Projects in Mission Mode
    With a view to provide suitable and cost effective aids and appliances through the application of technology and to increase their employment opportunities and integration in society of the physically disabled, the above scheme was started during 1990-91. Under the scheme, suitable R&D projects are identified and funded for developing aids and appliances. The scheme is implemented through the IITs. Educational Institutes, Research Agencies and Voluntary Organisations etc. Financial assistance is provided on 100% basis. The four Technical Advisory Groups monitor the selection of the projects and also their progress at different stages in areas of disabilities, namely, Orthopaedic (including Cerebral Palsy), Visual, Speech and Hearing and Mental. All the projects those are recommended by the respective Technical Advisory Groups placed before the Apex Level Committee headed by Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

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