Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao exhorted everyone in the society to support the disabled as one among us and put efforts for their empowerment.
Greeting the ‘specially abled’ on the occasion of “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on Saturday, KCR, in a message said, No Human being is perfect in this world and life towards perfection can be achieved only through overcoming hurdles with self-confidence.
He called upon them, rather being in self-deprecation, disabled should achieve their goals with self- confidence.
Rao said that the state government stood by the disabled people who need support and Telangana has set an example for the country in the welfare of the disabled.
The Chief Minister recalled that Telangana has been recognized as the best state in the welfare of the disabled and bestowed awards by the Union Government.
Aiming to pay special attention on Disabled Welfare, KCR said that the state government created the Department for welfare of Disabled as an independent and special wing from the Women and Child Welfare department.
He said the TRS government is providing Rs 3,016 monthly pension to a disabled person in every family and instilled confidence in their lives.
In the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh, the government had provided Rs 500 monthly pension only.
The CM said that , apart from Double Bed Room and Dalit Bandhu schemes, the government is providing 5 percent reservation in other schemes and 4 percent reservation in job recruitment to the disabled.
Rao said that the state government is offering free coaching and study material to the disabled who are preparing for competitive exams, special allowances in the services, an Advisory Board for the disabled people and established a special website to receive complaints.
KCR said that the Government is making efforts to remove the obstacles faced by the disabled in their daily life by providing required Wheelchairs, three wheeler Scooties, Crutches etc.
Apart from setting up Ashram Schools and Hostels to provide special education to the disabled, the Chief Minister said that the state government is encouraging disabled by providing pre-matric and post-matric scholarships.
He said that the state government is taking up all the necessary programmes to enhance self-esteem, self-confidence and the empowerment of disabled wherever there is an opportunity.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is coming up with plans to introduce a slew of programmes aimed at the welfare of the disabled in the coming days.