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Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The government of India plans to start Aadhaar-based smart cards for senior citizens of the country.

The officials of ministry of social justice and empowerment discussed with the national council of senior citizens about the smart card scheme for senior citizens in a meeting held recently.

The Aadhaar-based smart card will store and feature health information along with other personal details of senior citizens through registration of biometric data.

Earlier, the ministry launched the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana for the benefit of senior citizens of below poverty line (BPL) category to provide physical aids and assisted living devices for free of cost.


Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

Children with disabilities are struggling hard to get good education due to lack of special educators in Telangana, says a report.

Nearly 68,163 disabled children are facing problems due to the ignorance of the state government to provide them special educators in primary and secondary schools in the state. These children find it difficult to continue with their studies as special educators are not appointed on a regular basis to meet their special needs at academic and administrative level.

The government is also not working properly towards organising survey of disabled students, their physical identification, distribution of aids and appliances, providing the disabled children with minor corrective surgery, home based education, speech therapy, physiotherapy, and others.

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Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

There is a growing outcry against the Centre's move to levy a 5% tax on all items for people with disabilities. The GST Council has proposed a levy of 5% GST on all items for PwD, and items like Braille typewriters and carriages for the physically disabled face a tax between 15-18%.

These are assistive aids and appliances which are of absolute necessity for persons with disabilities. Activists say this move goes against the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 that provides for equal rights, opportunities and non-discrimination.

Various disability groups have sent representations to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as finance ministers in states. The next meeting of the GST Council is scheduled for 30 June, and it is time to raise awareness about the need to take away this proposal. Send letters, faxes, emails or just a Tweet and a Facebook post tagging the Prime Minister's Office, Finance Minister, Additional Secretary, GST Council and the Department for People with Disabilities.

Join the campaign by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People - 'Rollback GST for Persons with Disabilities' (#RollbackGST4PwDs).

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Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

People with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks may get quotas in central government jobs and for promotions.

The Department of Personnel and Training has suggested vacancies, promotion quotas and an age relaxation for those with disabilities in a draft policy. The move may create controversy as reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities is before the Supreme Court of India.

The vacancies earmarked will be for the posts of office assistants to Indian Administrative Service officers. Benchmark disabilities have been defined as blindness, low vision, deafness, and hardness of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy and cured leprosy.

Besides, acid attack victims, those with autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, mental illnesses and deaf blindness (a combination of sight and hearing loss) will also be entitled to one per cent reservation.


Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The Karnataka government is working on a plan to start training program for domestic workers.

The program will be to give special training for skill development to people who work as cooks, house help and gardeners.

The training will be given in short term courses under the scheme called Kaushalya Karnataka.

The training will give more skills to the people and they will get better work opportunities. After a month long training, certificates will be given to workers.

The government wants to give a standard training to workers to help them get better employment and make a living.

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Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The government of Uttar Pradesh will make Aadhaar card compulsory for patients wanting to avail free ambulance service.

Earlier, no documents were required from the patient to avail the free ambulance services of government hospitals. Now if a patient calls for an ambulance to his home, he or his relative will have to show their Aadhaar card.

The idea is to record Aadhaar numbers of patients and reduce the misuse of the ambulance vehicles by drivers or patients.

The government has not declared the exact date to make Aadhaar card compulsory. Right now, if a patient’s condition is serious and he has no Aadhaar card, he can be carried to hospital. But soon the card will be made compulsory for all patients.


Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The Delhi government has given its approval to install CCTV- close-circuit television cameras in Delhi Transport Corporation buses.

These cameras will be set up in more than 6,000 Delhi Transport Corporation -DTC and cluster buses.

The whole project is estimated to cost Rs 140 crore to the government and the money will be taken from the Nirbhaya fund.

The cameras will be used for improving the safety of women on government buses.

A paramedical student was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus in December 2012 in Delhi and had died later. The Nirbhaya fund was set up as a tribute to her and to ensure safety of women in public transport.

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Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

One of the accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case has requested authorities for mercy killing.

Robert Pious who is serving his sentence in a Tamil Nadu jail has written to the government that he wants permission to end his life.

He has written that he has been in jail for 27 years and his family members do not come to see him. Pious wrote that he has no purpose in life and wants euthanasia.

Robert Pious was one of the main planners of Rajiv Gandhi assassination and was part of a LTTE commando team.

He is serving life sentence along with seven other convicts in the case.


Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

A man in Delhi is reported to have killed his wife by stabbing her multiple times.

43 year old Vinod Bisht has been arrested for the brutal killing of his 36 year old wife Rekha. As per reports, Rekha was stabbed at least 35 times by her husband after a fight and died on the spot.

The 15 year old son of the couple was also injured when he tried to save his mother from the knife attacks.

The wife is dead and the son is getting treatment in a local hospital. It is reported that Vinod had suspected that Rekha was having an extra marital affair. The two had been married for 16 years.


Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

To cut down corruption and resolve problems within a given timeframe, the Narendra Modi government has introduced an online software that will record all systems online and use cloud-based technology to help government officials interact with all the people involved.

The new system is to make sure that government processes run quickly and to bring corrupt officials to justice without delay.

The portal will first be adopted with regards to IAS officers posted at the Centre. Later, it will be extended to all employees working in the central government. It will also involve the state governments in the later phases.