Ganjam the best in empowering disabled persons

Berhampur: Ganjam has been adjudged as the best district in the country for empowering persons with disability by the union ministry of social justice and empowerment. The award was presented to the district administration on the occasion of World Disables Day on Saturday at New Delhi, reports reaching here said today.

District collector Krishan Kumar and other senior officials attended the function. "The credit goes to the people of the district, especially persons with disabilities along with officials working for them," the collector said.

The disabled in the district have been covered through different welfare schemes after being identified through single window camps. During the year as many as 27,443 persons were provided medical certificates while 24,718 persons benefited through the state-sponsored Madhu Babu Pension Yojana and Central government`s Indira Gandhi National Disable Pension Yojana (IGNDPY).

Similarly, 19,015 persons had been provided with aids and appliances while 430 and 69 persons benefited under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and state government`s `Mo Kudia` scheme with houses respectively, said district social welfare officer (DSWO) Sabita Beura.

Altogether 15,243 disabled persons had been provided fare concessions to travel in buses and trains while 2,422 students provided monthly scholarships.

Similarly, 484 disabled persons were provided Rs 67.47 lakh loans through different banks in differential rate of interest (DRI) for their self-employment.

Besides, to provide aid and appliances to the disabled persons, the district administration would continue to focus on their economic rehabilitation through disbursing of loan in DRI, said the collector.

"We have asked banks to provide DRI loans to disabled persons on priority basis," he added.