HP Govt counts its schemes for disabled, old age, widows, SCs/STs
Shimla: As the Vidhan Sabha polls are approaching, the Himachal Pradesh Government is counting its achievements during its tenure of five years. The number of announcements, inaugurations, and foundation stone laying ceremonies etc. has increased several times during last few months.
Bhartiya Janata Party alleges the Chief Minister is making announcements for which he has no budget at all.
However, the Chief Minister is not ready to admit any faults of his government. In his speeches and statements, the state has witnessed massive development in every field ranging from infrastructure, health, education, youth employment etc.
In a similar statement released on October 1, 2017, the government claimed every section of society including physical and mental challenges are enjoying equal rights.
Referring to very recent Cabinet decision taken to increase maternity leave to 180 days, the government claimed the women and men are equal when it comes to education and wages.
For disabled youth, government refers to Rs. 1500 per month allowance under Skill Development Scheme and unemployment allowance of Rs. 1500 per month.
Young able-bodied man/woman who willingly marries a person with 40 percent to 74 percent disability of either sex is Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 50,000 for persons with 75 percent or more disability.
Though the Disabled Student Union of Himachal Pradesh alleged the government of denying them scholarships for the lack of budget, the government claims disabled persons are receiving financial assistance for education purposes.
SC/ST/OBC are receiving housing subsidy of Rs. 48,000 to Rs. 75,000 for construction of new houses. The ceiling for the availing benefit was increased from Rs. 17,000 to Rs. 35,000.
Financial assistance to the trained applicants belonging to SC/ST/OBC for the purchase of sewing machines per beneficiary has been enhanced from Rs.1500 to Rs. 1800
For purchase of tools for carpentry, blacksmithing, weaving, and spinning the subsidy has been fixed at Rs.1300 per beneficiary with an income not exceeding more than Rs.35, 000 per annum.
A Rs.36.64 lakh new old age home with the capacity to accommodate 50 inmates was constructed at Basantpur.
The award for inter-caste marriages is now Rs. 50,000.
Old age disabled and widows, who are between the age of 60-70 years with a family income of Rs. 35,000 or less per year, are receiving a grant of Rs. 700 per month. This amount is Rs. 1250 per month for those who are 80 years or more without any income criteria under. These funds are granted under the H.P. Old Age Pension and Relief to Disable Rule and Widow Scheme.
Widow and persons with 40 to 69 percent disability and a family income of Rs. 35,000 or less per annum are receiving Rs. 700 per month Under State Widow and Handicapped Pension Scheme, claims the government. There is no age bar under these schemes.
Lepers are being given rehabilitation allowance at Rs. 700 per month who are not in Government /Semi-Government/ Boards/ Corporation/ service or do not come under any pension scheme.
T.A./D.A. and maintenance expenses and transport facilities to the victims of atrocity, his/her dependent and witness has been given during the investigating and hearing the cases registered under the under Rule 11 of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act, 1989.