The civil society organisations for specially-abled persons have been calling for an increase in the pension amount for persons with disabilities (PwDs). The state government may raise the pension amount to Rs 1,500 in the upcoming budget in response to PwDs’ long-standing demand.
The Rajasthan chapter of Divyang Adhikar Mahasangh demanded, during a pre-budget meeting with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, that the monthly pension amount for pensioners with special needs is increased to Rs 1,500 and that Divyang members be nominated for and appointed to positions in panchayati raj institutions.
Additionally, it called for the establishment of a system to facilitate the hassle-free issuing of job cards to individuals with disabilities choosing MGNREGA employment as well as a 5% disability employment reservation.
In Rajasthan, the Mahasangh, led by Hemant Bhai Goyal, presented a number of demands to be included in the state budget for 2023–2024. During the Chief Minister’s pre-budget discussion with the representatives of civil society organisations and consumer organisations, these demands were brought forward.
Goyal, who was present at the meeting, also sought the opening of new positions for a clinical psychologist, an audiologist, and a speech therapist.
They also want to open a special ITI centre in Jaipur, issue guidelines for the BPL programme, guarantee 5% of employment for PwDs in the private sector, open a special college for visually impaired people, create new jobs for interpreters, and ensure a welcoming environment at workplaces for officials with special needs. These are just a few of their demands.
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