Govt to open training institutes for disabled youths

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Tuesday decided to open a special Industrial Training Institute for disabled youths in backward Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region in the state, officials said.

A decision on special assistance for persons with disability was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

"Of the total 10 lakh disabled persons so far identified in the state, the state government has decided to provide assistance to four lakh this year," Patnaik said.

Students of special schools would also be provided two pairs of dresses every year, besides disability certificates, bank pass books and identity cards, he said.

Steps would also be taken for corrective surgery on children below 16 years of age, said the Chief Minister.

It was also decided to provide a scholarship of Rs 350 per month for college-going siblings of disabled persons.

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