New Karnataka government's budget disappoints disabled community

The new Karnataka government has disappointed the state's disabled community. The budget for the year has been seen as minimal and inadequate to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

A representative from the Karnataka State Disabled and Caregivers Federation has said that the amount sanctioned is meagre given the rising cost of living. With prices of most essential products rising at a rapid rate, they say the government should have increased the monthly pension amount.

They say the government has also failed to mention different ways in which the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016 is going to be implemented in Karnataka.

What has been appreciated is the government's decision to hold a socio-economic survey of people with 21 types of disabilities across the state. The government has also promised to start an exclusive centre to train teachers catering working with special needs children.

Another good news is that loans of more than 600 disabled people will be waiveed off by the government as part of the Budget!

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