Central government reduces funds to 2 critical schemes for disabled people in Odisha

The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has reduced the assistance to Odisha for two major central schemes in the last one year. These schemes are aimed at the rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

The two important schemes for which funds to Odisha include the Deendayal Disability Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) and the Samarth Scheme.

The Ministry had sanctioned Rs 329 lakh to Odisha under DDRS in 2016-17. In 2015-16, the amount sanctioned was Rs 445 crore. This shows a fall of 26%. The ministry reduced the funds to Odisha under the Samarth scheme to Rs 32.89 lakh for 2017-18. In 2016-17, the amount sanctioned was Rs 41.11 lakh.

The aim of the Samarth Scheme is to provide a respite home for disabled people below the poverty line, as well as other groups.

Under DDRS, financial assistance is provided to NGOs for providing services to disabled people, including disabled people who are homeless. These include special schools for the people with mental disabilities and people with vision and hearing impairments. Vocational training centers, interim homes, community-based rehabilitation programs, and others also come under this scheme.

An increase of funds was seen to Odisha for the Gharaunda Scheme This is meant to provide an assured home and minimum quality of care services for people with autism, cerebral palsy, and multiple disabilities.

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