Soccour for children of disabled people

Berhampur: After Tamil Nadu, Odisha government has decided to provide monthly scholarship to the children of disable persons with annual family income of below Rs 50,000 for pursuing of higher studies.

The post-metric scholarship at Rs 350 per month would be provided to the children of the disabled persons for higher studies for ten months in an academic year.

The students availing scholarship from either the state or central government under any other scheme would not be considered. "We have already asked the district administration to conduct the survey of the eligible students to be benefited under the scheme. After received the applications from the district, the amount will be disbursed," Sanjay Kumar Habada, director for welfare of persons with disabilities, said.

Claiming that Odisha is the second state to provide such scholarship to the children of the disabled after Tamil Nadu, he said the amount was just an incentive to encourage the disable persons and their children for the higher studies.

Around 2500 students are expected to be benefited under the scheme. While this year, the expenditure under the scheme would be incurred from the Chief Minister`s Relief Fund (CMRF),the government would made separate budget allocation for this purpose from the next year, the director said. Habada was here to review the work of the district disabled rehabilitation centre (DDRC), here.