Central government drops Gyan Prabha scheme for disabled

The government has decided to discontinue the Gyan Prabha scheme that was started to offer financial assistance to people with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities who want to study further.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has said that the government was scrapping the scheme as there are many similar schemes for the disabled already in operation so the people eligible can apply for government help under the existing schemes.

The Gyan Prabha scheme was started in 2008 by the National Trust. So far, 81 people have benefitted from the scheme. Its aim was to encourage the disabled to pursue educational courses as well as professional and vocational training, that could lead to jobs.

The suggestion to discontinue the scheme came from the National Trust as there are around six scholarship schemes for the disabled already.

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