Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that 3 per cent reservation is provisioned for physically challenged persons in government appointments.
As many posts lie vacant due to standard cut off marks, the government will decrease the cut off to clear the backlogs. This cut off marks will be lower than that fixed for SC and ST candidates. He said so while addressing people on inaugural occasion of awareness workshop of Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan conducted in collaboration with Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.
Das said that the government is committed to bring happiness in the lives of physically challenged persons. People should feel affinity with them. We need outlook for development of these people. New buildings are being designed keeping the comfort for the physically challenged persons.
The government will soon send a proposal to the Union government for SC and ST student hostels so that it can be opened in district headquarters. The state government will provide land in a week as soon as the proposal from central government comes. He directed to distribute equipments among the physically challenged persons before Dipawali.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chandra Gahlot said that Composite Regional Center (CRC) will be opened for physically challenged persons in Jharkhand with all required amenities. As soon as the state government provides land or building, center will be started on it. National Sports will also be established in the light of their interest in sports.
He said that his ministry will also help the state government open hostels for ST students. The ministry will consent the state government’s proposal in a month. Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan has been started in 9 states with a view to
make their effort easy and comfortable at bus stands, railway stations, air ports, hospitals and big buildings.
By 2018, all airports will be made sugamya (comfortable) for these people.
As per the concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Government is making Universal Identity Card for the physically challenged persons. This identity card will be acceptable all over the nation. The Union government has given scholarship to 4600 physically challenged person students and distributed approximately five lakh modern equipments among them in 2000 camps conducted for the purpose.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister for State Krishna Pal Gujjar said that in the administrative buildings of 50 cities of the nation, barrier free amenities are being provided for the physically challenged persons. Modern artificial hands, legs, wheel chair and battery operated motor cycles (for 80 per cent or more disabled) have been given costing Rs 286 crore. He said that Ira Singhal stood top in the UPSC.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister for State Ram Das Atthawale said that helping the physically challenged persons is our responsibility. The government is working for them through many schemes and self help group people and social activists should come forward to help them.
Women, Child Development and Social Welfare Minister Louis Marandi said that the state government is committed for the development of the physically challenged persons and provisioning single window system to provide them all facilities under a roof. She said that after a long interval, they are being acknowledged by the government. She said the government will appoint special teachers for them.
Arunima Sinha, Sudha Chandra and IAS officer Rajesh Kumar Singh are living example of their excellence. Disposing her vote of thanks to all the guests, Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma said that the state government is committed to provide all facilities to the physically challenged persons.
As per the directions of hon’ble CM, the state government is trying to acknowledge their importance at every level. The government is taking due care to ascertain that all public places, new constructions and government offices get comfortably accessible for physically challenged persons. Addressing them, the CS said that they are inspiration to people.
‘Dristi Nahin Dristikon,’ a book written by physically challenged person IAS Rajesh was also released on this occasion.
MP Ram Tahal Choudhary, Mayor Asha Lakra, Union Social Justice and Empowerment Secretary Vinod Agrawal, Joint Secretary Mukesh Jain, Women, Child Development and Social Welfare Principal Secretary Mukhmeet Singh Bhatia and other officers were present on this occasion.