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Schemes for Persons with Disabilities

  1. Schemes / Programmes implemented by the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs (SRCDA)
    Meritorious Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

    The meritorious scholarship was introduced in the year 2013 by the State Society for Implementation of Rehabilitation Services of Persons with Disabilities (SSIRPD) from Class XI onwards with an aim to encourage Students with Disabilities to pursue higher education. The details of the scholarships are as under:

    Meritorious Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
    Educational Qualification Amount per month No. of beneficiaries
    Class XI & XII 2000 43
    Graduate & Diploma level 3000
    Post Graduate level 4000
    Ph.D and other Higher Technical Professional course 5000
  2. Schemes sanctioned under Schemes for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA) by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India

    1. Creation of Disabled Friendly Website

    • An amount of Rs. 30.00 lakhs was sanctioned as Grant-in-aid during 2013-14 to make Government websites accessible to persons with disabilities. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) Shillong which is the Implementing Agency has undertaken to make 49 websites accessible to persons with disabilities out of which 46 websites have been made accessible.
    • An additional list of 35 websites has been submitted to the Ministry vide  No. SW(S)87/2016/238, Dt. 11.05.2017 for inclusion under Accessible India Campaign. ERNET India (an autonomous scientific society under MEity) has been nominated by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment D/O Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities to convert these websites as per GIGW/WGAC. Work is under progress.

    2. Early Diagnostic & Intervention Centres

    With a view to help hearing impaired infants and young children to acquire necessary skills to get prepared for regular school, the Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 72.00 Lakhs as Grant-in-aid during 2013-14 for establishment of New Early
    Diagnostic & Intervention Centre at the   four district Headquarters of Shillong, Nongstoin, Jowai and Tura. 2695 Persons with hearing impairment have been benefitted.

    3. District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs)/ District Resource Centres(DRCs)

    In order to provide comprehensive services in terms of early detection, prevention, rehabilitation and counselling to persons with disabilities at the grassroots level, three Resource Centres at Shillong, Jowai and Tura had been set up and two District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) under a Scheme for Implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA) at Tura and Nongstoin had also been set up in the State to cater to the basic needs through assessment camps, distribution/fitment of aids & appliances, training and therapeutic services. Survey for PwD population is being conducted regularly by the Multipurpose Rehabilitation Workers and Community Based Rehabilitation Workers in all the districts. Activities like outreach campaign at different levels of Institutions, issuance of disability certificate and all disability rehabilitation programme is being implemented by the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs.

  3. Assistance to Disabled Persons for purchase/fitting of Aids/Appliances (ADIP)

    An amount of Rs. 21.57 lakhs was granted as Grant-in-aid for the year 2013-14 and an amount of Rs. 36,67,282/- (Rupees Thirty six lakhs sixty seven thousand two hundred eighty two) was sanctioned as Grant-in-aid for the year 2014-15 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment through the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs, Civil Hospital Shillong which is the Implementing Agency. Aids and appliances are being supplied free of cost to the needy Persons with Disabilities like Wheelchairs, Hearing aids, Crutches, White cane, Artificial limbs, Calipers, braces, splints, etc. 873 beneficiaries benefitted till 2016-17.

  4. Disability Certificate:

    As on 31st March 2021, Twenty One Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty Four (21,564) Persons with Disabilities have been issued a UDID Disability Certificate and UDID card.

  5. Scheme for financial assistance for Skill & Entrepreneurial Development sanctioned by National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC)

    The scheme was launched towards the end of 2010. The Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank (MCAB) Ltd. is the State Channelizing Agency. The objective is to assist Persons with Disabilities in setting up small business in Service/Trading Sector, agricultural activities, purchase of vehicle and Micro credit scheme for Parents Association for the Mentally Retarded persons. The no. of beneficiaries during 2020-21 is 9. On records, there are 311 beneficiaries and an amount of Rs. 5.17 crore was sanctioned till date since 2011.

  6. Under Health Department:

    Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) launched on 15th Dec 2012 provides financial aid to all citizens of the State at the time of hospitalisation to reduce the out of pocket expenses of the residents of the State. Beneficiaries are entitled upto Rs 2.8 lakh coverage at the time of hospitalisation. It extends to 5 members of a family, each household is to pay Rs 30/- at the time of enrolment. State and Central Governments employees are however excluded. So far 61 PwDs have been benefitted. The amount claimed is Rs. 424650/- (Rupees Four lacs twenty four thousand six hundred fifty).

  7. Under SSA

    Aids and Appliances are being provided to C.W.S.N through A.L.I.M.C.O and other Agencies. During 2016 – 17, the nos. of beneficiaries is 94 through MP Scheme and 914 through ALIMCO. Braille textbooks for the totally blind C.W.S.N who are trained in Braille and general textbooks for other C.W.S.N are also provided. Book grant and uniform grant is provided to 6465 students with disabilities.

    Transport escort allowances were provided directly to the C.W.S.N through the Block Resource Centre (BRC). During 2016 – 17, 3630 C.W.S.N were provided with Transport and 2367 with Escort allowances.

  8. Under Community & Rural Development

    The C&RD Department is striving to provide at least 5% reservation to the Persons with Disabilities in the implementation of the Poverty Alleviation Programmes, viz. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) and National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

  9. Under Commerce & Industries Department

    The Directorate of Commerce & Industries has made provision in the Meghalaya Industrial Investment & Promotion Policy, 2012 that enterprises promoted and managed by “Women Entrepreneur” & “Physically Challenged” will get additional 10% on the State Central Investment Subsidy subject to a ceiling of 5.00 lakhs. Physically challenged persons will pay only 50% of the applicable lease rent if allotted land/shed/shop in Industrial Area/Industrial Estate/Growth Centre.

  10. Schemes / Programmes implemented by the Social Welfare Department

    i. Scholarship:
    Students with Disabilities are being provided with scholarship for undergoing studies up to the University level. The rates of scholarship vary according to the level of Education, Hostellers and Day Scholars. Reader’s allowance is also given to visually impaired students from Class-IX onwards.

    The details are as follows:

    Sl. No. Type of Course Rate per month for day scholars Rate per month for hostellers Reader allowance for visually handicapped p.m
    1. Pre Primary standard upto class V Rs. 250/-p.m Rs. 350/ – p.m --
    2. Class VI to Class X Rs. 350/ – p.m Rs. 450/ – p.m Rs. 200/ – p.m
    3. Class XI, XII, B.A/B.Sc/B.Com, etc Rs. 450/-p.m Rs. 550/ – p.m Rs. 250/ – p.m
    4. B.E/B.Tech/MBBS/LLB/B.Ed/ Diploma in professional and Engineering studies etc/
    In-Plant Training
    Rs. 600/-p.m Rs. 700/-p.m Rs. 350/-p.m

    M.A/M.Sc/M.Com/LLM/M.Ed. etc

    Rs. 700/-p.m Rs. 800/-p.m Rs. 350/-p.m

    The Total no. of beneficiaries during 2020-21 is 859 nos.

    ii. Vocational Training:
    Vocational Training is imparted to the persons with disabilities through Voluntary Organizations in different trades. The duration of the training period is for one year. During the training period a stipend of Rs.1500/- each per month is provided.
    The objective of the scheme is to enable the persons with disabilities to stand on their own feet by taking up self-employment venture in the trade they have been trained. On completion of the training, a Token Grant of Rs.5000/- is provided to the passed out trainees for purchase of machines, tools, raw materials to enable them to start self-employment venture.

    iii. Grant in aid to Voluntary Organisations:
    Financial Assistance is being provided to NGOs working in the field of disability for running Vocational Training Centres, conducting sensitization programme etc.

    iv. Financial Assistance to Students with Disabilities
    Students with Disabilities are being provided with financial assistance in the form of book grant, uniform grant, conveyance allowance and unemployment allowance.

    v. Chief Minister Social Assistance Scheme
    Under Chief Minister Social Assistance Scheme, persons with disabilities are being provided financial assistance in the form of pension @ Rs 500/ – per month.

    vi. Halfway Home for rehabilitation of treated and controlled mentally ill persons
    The Social Welfare Department in collaboration with Sanker Charitable Trust has set up a Half Way Home for rehabilitation of mentally ill persons.

    Accessible India Campaign:

    1. Accessibility in Built Environment:

    • Under AIC-I, 24 buildings have been identified and access audited by CBM India Trust, an empanelled agency of the Ministry. PWD (B), Health Engineering Wing and Water Resources are the implementing agencies. So far 21 buildings have been completed.
    • Under AIC-II, 50 buildings in the state capital have been identified. Access Audit was completed on 19th May, 2018. 33 Departments has submitted the financial estimates and the same has been forwarded torespective concerned departments for the provision of funds.
    • Under AIC-III, 61 buildings in the state have been identified and an access audit was completed, Access Audit Report has been prepared by Bethany Society and the same has been forwarded to respective concerned Departments for preparation of estimates to be forwarded to respective concerned Departments for provision of funds.

    2. Accessibility to transportation services for Persons with Disabilities:

    37 Midi buses of Ashok Leyland are accessible to persons with disabilities. Seats have been reserved for Persons with Disabilities in these buses and manual assistance is being provided.

    3. Information and Communication Eco-System Accessibility

    35 (Thirty-five) websites of the Government of Meghalaya have been selected by National Informatics Centre (NIC) for inclusion under Accessible India Campaign (AIC) to make them accessible to persons with disabilities. Ernet India (empanelled agency by the Ministry) has developed 34 websites. So far, 34 Websites have gone live.

    Implementation of SIPDA

    The Ministry has been Implementing the Scheme for Implementing of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 (SIPDA) for providing financial assistance for undertaking various activities outlined in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, particularly relating to rehabilitation and provision of barrier-free access. Grant-in-aid is provided under this Scheme to State Governments and various bodies set up by the Central and State Government, including autonomous bodies and Universities.

    In Meghalaya, under SIPDA, 17 buildings have been identified for making the buildings accessible for PwDs and access audited by Bethany Society, Shillong an empaneled agencyfor conducting of access audit of buildings in the State vide NotificationNo.SW(S)87/2016/612 Dt.21.02.2023.

    Under the Scheme of Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA) scheme, the NIC has made 64 Government websites accessible.

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