IGNOU, NHFDC organise national conference for persons with disabilities in Delhi

IGNOU's National Centre for Disability Studies (NCDS) in partnership with National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) organised a national conference on 'Vocational Rehabilitation and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in India' on 24 and 25 October in New Delhi.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar said that around 7.5 lakh deaf people have been given hearing aids through 5,500 camps held across the country under the Accessible India campaign.

Gurjar mentioned that 12-13 camps have been started to take care of the disability needs of the elderly from poor families and the government shall provide Rs six lakh each for cochlear implants of deaf children of five years of age.

Prof Ravindra Kumar, the Vice Chancellor of IGNOU said the government has provided Rs 77 crore worth scholarships to 13,140 students of NHFDC who went through 3-6 months training course along with a stipend of Rs 2000 per month.

Minister Ramdas Athawale listed out various government initiatives aimed at benefiting persons with disabilities.

Athawale mentioned the government has providing Rs 808 crore aid to 1,43,000 disabled people in the year 2017.

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