Scheme for the disabled launched in Assam by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Calling for an inclusive society with no discrimination towards the disabled, India's Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the Deen Dayal Divyangajan Sahajya Scheme on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Naidu said that people should treat the disabled with empathy and not sympathy. Under the scheme every disabled person in Assam will get a one-time grant of Rs 5,000 for their treatment.

Naidu said that laws alone will not improve the situation for the disabled and that there is a need for a change in attitude. Naidu praised the Assam government for introducing the Pranam Act that requires all government employees to make contributions from their salaries for the elderly and disabled family members.

He asked the authorities to make public places accessible so the disabled are not deprived of any opportunities. He said that the state government should ensure that all beneficiaries get their dues under the various schemes introduced. He also asked banks and financial institutions to provide loans to the disabled in an easy and simplified process.

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