From education to infrastructure, Pune civic authorities announce steps to make city disabled friendly

The Pune Municipal Corporation has allotted Rs 25.90 crore on various schemes meant to help the disabled in the budget estimate for 2018-19. It also plans to start work to make civic offices more accessible for them and has made a budgetary provision of Rs 10 crore to create basic facilities for disabled people in civic buildings and offices.

  • An extra Rs 2.5 crore has been allotted for building disabled-friendly toilets in the city gardens. It will also introduce free bus passes for the physically disable, blind and the deaf.
  • To provide the disabled opportunities in self-employment and higher education, financial assistance will also be given. It will also give professional training to the disabled at a cost of Rs 10 lakh.
  • The budget estimate also includes a provision of Rs two crore to provide financial assistance to organisations, or parents, taking care of a person with a mental disability above 18 years of age.
  • The civic body has allotted Rs 2 crore to provide financial assistance to those suffering from leprosy and those with 100% disability.
  • Provision of Rs 20 lakh to provide stationary for disabled students.
  • The PMC will also spend Rs 20 lakh to bear the expenses of the 50 disabled children at the Apang Kalyankari Sanstha in Wanowrie.

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