Disability Policy





Disability Policy

The Department of Personnel & Training has intimated that information about vacant post reserved for persons with disabilities is not centrally maintained. A Special Recruitment Drive for filling up the backlog of persons with disabilities has been launched in November, 2009. The Drive was concluded on 31.03.2012. As per the information received from the 73 Ministries/Departments there were 6003 backlog vacancies, out of which 2388 have been filled up.


As per information available from the Office of Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities, only 7 States namely Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu have formulated policy for persons with disabilities. The Chief Ministers of the concerned States have been requested to formulate their State Disability Policy.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
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Abuse of Old Aged Persons

As per information provided by National crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data on abuse of senior citizens are not maintained centrally. As per the Seventh Scheduled to the Constitution of India, “Police” and “Public Order” are State Subjects and, as such the primary responsibility of prevention detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crime including crime against citizens lies with the States/UT Administrations. However, the Union Government attaches highest priority to matters of security of its citizens and through various schemes and advisories augments the efforts of States/UTs.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also issued two detailed advisories dated 27.3.2008 and 30.8.2013, to all the State Governments/UTs advising them to take immediate measures to ensure safety and security and for elimination of all forms of neglect, abuse and violence against old persons through initiatives such as identification of senior citizens; sensitization of police personnel regarding safety security of older persons; regular visit of the beat staff; setting up of toll free senior citizen helpline; setting up of senior citizen security cell; verification of domestic helps, drivers etc.

The Government has enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 which, inter-alia, makes maintenance of parents/senior citizens by children/relatives obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals; provides for revocation of transfer of property by senior citizens in case negligence by children/relatives; penal provisions for abandonment of senior citizens; medical facilities for senior citizens; and protection of life and property of senior citizens.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Babu Jagjivan Ram Hostel Scheme in Punjab

During last three years, the Government of Punjab had forwarded one complete proposal for construction of one Girls Hostel at the Campus of Govt. Mohindra College, Patiala, for 100 inmates under ‘Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojna (BJRCY)’ for the year 2013-14. The admissible Central assistance of Rs. 200.00 lakhs has been released to the Govt. of Punjab for this purpose.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
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Reservation to SC/ST in Private Sector

A high level Coordination Committee under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister was constituted in October 2006, to carry forward the dialogue with the Industry on Affirmative Action, including reservation in Private Sector. The Coordination Committee is serviced by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. The Coordination Committee has been holding meetings with the apex Chambers from time to time. The Industry Associations viz. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have developed their respective Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for member companies wherein stress has been laid on equal opportunities in employment for all section of society, removing bias in employment to disadvantaged sections of society, increasing employability of socially disadvantaged sections through skill upgradation, continuous training and providing scholarships. The details of the actions taken on Affirmative Action in the Private Sector in respect of three Industry Associations as provided by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is as follow:

i)          Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

a)         Affirmative Action Council (AAC) has been formed under the aegis of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Hero Honda Motors Ltd. The AAC has identified 4 areas of Affirmative work- Employability, Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.

b)         Affirmative Fund has been set up.

c)         198610 candidates from SC/ ST community have been trained in various vocational skills.

d)         97697 Scholarships have been provided to SC/ ST students.

e)         101 Entrepreneurship development training programmes have been held

f)         Mid day meal programmes have been started in backward districts in all four zones of the country.

g)         395 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) have been adopted for upgradation.

h)         892 companies have adopted Voluntary Code of Conduct.

i)          85080 SC/ST personal have been employed.

j)          5 districts have been adopted for interventions under affirmative action.

ii)         Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

a)         131416 candidates from SC/ ST community have been trained in various vocational skills.

b)         1469 Scholarships have been provided to SC/ ST students.

c)         3776 Entrepreneurship development training programmes have been held.

d)         13825 SC/ST students have been provided free education

e)         463 companies have adopted Voluntary Code of Conduct.

f)         3754 SC/ST candidates have been employed.

iii)        Associated Chamber of Commerce and industry (ASSOCHAM)

a)         1021 companies have adopted voluntary Code of Conduct

b)         161 ITIs adopted for upgradation

c)         2299 scholarships provided to SC/ ST students for studying in premier institutions like IITs/ IIMs

d)         3 districts have been adopted

e)         221 Entrepreneurship Development Programmes have been held.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Rehabilitation of Beggars

The States are responsible for taking necessary preventive and rehabilitative steps. As per available information, 20 States and 2 Union Territories have enacted their own anti-beggary legislation or adopted legislations enacted by other State/UTs. Presently, there is no Scheme of the Central Government on Beggary. National Consultation Meetings were held with the representatives of Central/State Governments, NGOs, Institutes and Individual Experts in the field of Beggary to discuss the issues related to Beggary. In these meetings, it was inter-alia, recommended to explore the feasibility of framing a Central Scheme for rehabilitation of Beggars. Accordingly, a Scheme for Rehabilitation of Beggars/Destitutes is under formulation.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Braille Presses

The Government on 25.11.2014 has approved Central Sector Scheme of “Support of establishment /modernization/capacity augmentation of Braille Presses” in the country.  The States/UTs have been requested on 25.11.2014 itself to submit the detailed proposals/applications along with relevant documents.  No proposals have been received so far.  The scheme will be implemented in phased manner during the remaining period of 12th Five Year Plan.  The objectives of this Scheme are:-

(i)      to establish 18 new Braille Presses in the States where strong organizations are already present;

(ii)    to establish 03 small scale Braille printing units in UTs;

(iii)   to modernize 12 old Braille Presses using traditional and low speed printing equipment;

(iv)  To augment Braille printing capacity of 03 modern Braille printing presses by adding printing infrastructure.

(v)    As per information available with the Ministry, there are 21 Braille Presses in the country.  State/UT-wise details are:
S. No.
Address of the Braille Presses
Name of the State/UTs
1.
NFB, North East Development centre, Pragati Byeland, Chandan Nagar Guwahati, Assam-28
Assam
2.
Government Braille Press,
A. P. Vikalangula Cooperative Corp.,
Training & Production Unit,
Nalgonda Cross Road, Malkapet, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
3.
Devnar Foundation for the Blind, Plot No. 185, Road No. 1,
West Marredpally,
Secunderabad- 500026
Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
4.
Government Braille Press,
Tifra, Bilaspur- 495223
Chattishgarh,
Chattishgarh
5.
Mr. R.K. Pathak Manager,
All India Confederation of the Blind,
Braille Bhawan, Sector V, Rohini, Industrial Area,
DELHI- 110 085,
Delhi
6.
Blind Peoples’ Association,  Braille Press, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad- 380 015   Gujarat
Gujarat
7.
National Federation of the Blind,
Braille Press, Atamshudi Ashram, Bahadurgarh  Haryana
Haryana
8.
Kerala Federation of the Blind, Braille Press, Kunnukuzhi, Thiruvananthapuram- 695 037,  Kerala
Kerala
9.
Government Braille Printing Press,
Govt. Blind School Campus, Tilak Nagar, Sayaji Rao Road, Mysore – 21 Karnataka
Karnataka
10.

NAB Sir J. Duggan Braille Press,
11 Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road, Worli Seaface, Mumbai- 400 030 Maharashtra
Maharashtra
11.
Braille Press Jyoti Sroat School,
Lady Veronica Lane, Laitumkhrah Shillong- 793003 Meghalaya
Meghalaya
12.
Braille Press Luangmual West Moriah Association for the Blind,  Aizwal, Mizoram
Mizoram
13.
Braille Printing Press,
Red Cross School for the Blind, Ganjam Branch, Ganjam Distt. Behrampur, Odisha
Odisha
14.
Government Braille Press,
Govt. Institute for the Blind, Braille Bhawan, Jamalpur, Ludhiana- 141 011 Punjab
Punjab
15.
LKC ShriJagdamba Andh Vidyalaya, Braille Press, Hanumangarh Road, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
Rajasthan
16.
Regional Braille Press, 
NIVH Regional Centre   Poonamallee, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
17.
Braille Production Unit, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University,   Coimbatore- 641 020 Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
18.
Christian Foundation for the Blind, CFBI Service Complex, 2, Officers Lane, GST Road, Chennai- 600 070 Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
19.
Braille Press DDRC
Shaymali Bazar, Agartala,Tripura-799006
Tripura
20.
Central Braille Press, NIVH,  116, Rajpur Road, Dehradun
248 001 (Uttarakhand)
Uttrakhand
21.
Regional Braille Press,
Rama Krishna Mission Ashram, P. O. Narendrapur, 24 Pargana (West Bengal)
West Bengal

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
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Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for Scheduled Castes (RGNF-SCs) was launched during the financial year 2005-06.  Any student belonging to SC category is eligible for the award of fellowship subject to provisions of the Scheme.  The Scheme is implemented by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and covers all Universities/Institution recognized by the UGC.  The rates of fellowships for Junior Research Fellows (JRF) and Senior Research Fellows (SRF) are at par with the UGC fellowships.  Presently the Scheme provides for maximum number of 2000 fresh fellowships (Junior research fellows) per year.

Details of funds released to UGC under RGNF-SCs Scheme during the last three years and the current year  are as under :-
Selection/Financial Year
Funds released (Rs. in crore)
2011-12
103.69
2012-13
0.00*
2013-14
24.50
2014-15 (upto 28.11.14)
98.00
* UGC had unspent balances of the past years

 National Fellowship Scheme for the students of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) has been launched in the financial year 2014-15.  The Scheme is implemented by the UGC and covers all Universities/Institution recognized by it.  The rates of fellowships for JRF and SRF are at par with the fellowships.  Presently the Scheme provides for maximum number of 300 fresh fellowships (JRF) per year.  During 2014-15 Rs. 6.00 crore have been released to UGC under this scheme.

In both the Schemes fellowships are given in the subjects of Science, Humanities, Social Science and Engineering & Technology.  Presently there is no proposal to extend the fellowships to the students pursuing Medicines and Architecture courses.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Welfare Schemes for Differently Abled
The Department is presently providing financial assistance under the following major schemes for the welfare of persons with disabilities.
(i) Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) under which grant-in-aid is provided to NGOs running projects for the welfare of persons with disabilities.
(ii) Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids/Appliances (ADIP) under which grant is released to Implementing Agencies for providing aids and appliances to persons with disabilities.
(iii) Scheme of Implementation of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PwD Act) under which grant-in-aid is provided to State Governments and various bodies set up by the Central and State Government, including autonomous bodies and Universities, to support activities pursuant to implementation of the provisions of the PwD Act, particularly relating to rehabilitation and provision of barrier- free access.
The State/UTs-wise details of proposals received, grant-in-aid released and number of beneficiaries during the last three years and current year are:
State/UTs wise Proposals received, Grant-in-aid  released and the Number of Beneficiaries under DDRS during the last three  years and current year ( As on 28.11.2014)  


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STATE-WISE DETAILS OF PROPOSALS RECEIVED FROM DDRCs AND FUNDS RELEASED TO DDRCs UNDER DDRS/SIPDA SCHEME DURING LAST THREE YEARS & CURRENT YEAR
As on 28.11.2014 (in Rupees)

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This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.
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Simplification of Pension Procedure

The Ministry of Rural Development is administering National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS), National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) and Annapurna. These Schemes are for the households living Below Poverty Line (BPL). Under these schemes pension/assistance is provided to the eligible BPL households on fulfilling the eligibility criteria prescribed by the Government.

On the basis of representation received from various quarters for simplification of procedure and process for implementation of schemes under NSAP, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has issued two advisories, requesting States/UTs to adopt such procedure and process which do not put the onus of identification and selection on the beneficiaries and as far as possible adopt a procedure which is simple and requires minimum documents and certification. Copies of the Advisories issued.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Welfare of Transgenders

There is no authentic data regarding number of transgender persons in the Country.

An Expert Committee was constituted in the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in-depth study of the problems being faced by the Transgender Community and suggest suitable measures to ameliorate their problems. The Committee has submitted its report on 27th January 2014. The recommendations of the Expert Committee are elaborate and inter-alia include access to health care, educational opportunities at all levels without stigma and discrimination, formulation of an Umbrella Scheme for Transgender persons, social welfare schemes to be transgender inclusive etc.

The Government is in the process of formulating an Umbrella Scheme for educational and socio-economic empowerment of Transgender persons.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Review of Disability Affairs

A conference of State Social Welfare Ministers in-charge of Disability Affairs and Secretaries/Administrators of States/Union Territories was held on 23.08.2014 at VigyanBhawan, New Delhi. A total number of 31 States / UTs were represented out of which 10 Ministers attended the conference. All the States / UTs agreed to the proposal to conduct surveys for identification of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and assist in issuance of Universal Identity. Detailed information was provided about various steps taken by them to create barrier free access to built environment and new initiatives for rehabilitation of PwDs.

The issue of simplification of procedures for issue of Disability Certificate was discussed. The States / UT administrations, who have not yet amended/notified the rules, simplified the procedure for issue of Disability Certificate, were requested to complete the process by the end of March, 2015.

About 39.29 per cent of Persons with Disabilities had been issued Disability Certificate till March, 2014. However as on 7.10.2014 the achievement is 44.73%. Since State Governments are responsible for issue of Disability Certificates, Central Government has been continuously urging them to take appropriate steps to issue Disability Certificate to all genuine PwDs in campaign mode. Office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities is also regularly pursuing the matter with the State Commissioners.

In the 13th State Commissioners’ meeting held on 5-6 July, 2014, it was recommended that Special Drives for issuing disability certificates to 70% in three months and 100% coverage within one year should be conducted in every State/UT Administration.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.


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