HOSHIARPUR, MARCH 15: Reiterating the commitment of Punjab Government for the welfare of Persons With Disabilities, Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora has handed over a cheque of Rs.2 lakh to Blind and Handicapped Development Society, Bahowal.
While handing over the cheque to the office bearers of society and the blind children, Sunder Sham Arora also assured all possible help and support from Punjab Government in future too. The State Government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is fully committed to ensure maximum welfare opportunities for the PWDs in the state, said the Minister adding that several steps were being taken to ensure barrier free environment to PWDs besides safe and free movement of this section of society. Free facility/half rates of fares of Punjab Roadways/PRTC Buses to blind Persons and other persons with more than forty percent disability is being provided by the State, said Arora.
The Minister also pointed out that the State Government had also undertaken the task to fill the backlog of vacancies of the people with disabilities in the various departments under the recruitments being made as a part of State Employment Plan 2020-22. Arora said that there are 6.5 lakh Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the State. A special scheme for the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), the Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojna (PDSY) is being implemented ,which would cover two parts firstly providing all eligible PwDs the benefits of existing government schemes. Secondly, new initiatives/programmes that would be taken by the Government to cover those aspects and needs, which have hitherto not been covered under any existing Centrally/State sponsored scheme or PwD-oriented schemes of different departments. A budget provision of Rs. 5 crore has been made for this initiative in the year 2021-22, said the Minister.
Sunder Sham Arora stated that the State Government presented a people friendly budget recently, which had secured the interests of all sections of society to register a holistic development and unprecedented growth across Punjab.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Society president Atar Singh, president of Disabled Persons Welfare Society Sandeep Sharma, Jaswinder Singh Sahota etc .