Welfare schemes for women and disabled yet to take off in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 9 (UNI) Even after seven months of the announcement of welfare schemes for women and physically challenged people by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, the people are yet to reap their benefits.

In an attempt to save women from any unfair deal, Mr Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, had announced in his budget speech of 2007-08, a scheme of Rs 10 crore for establishing shelter homes, short stay homes and training centres for women, who become victims of domestic violence and immoral trafficking, and another scheme of Rs 3.5 crore for working women's hostels and another Rs 3.5 crore for establishing creches for children of working women.

Similarly, a provision of Rs five crore had also been made in the budget under Mukhyamantri Samarthya Yojna for providing tricycles, among other aides and appliances for disabled persons in the state.

All these schemes appeared to have made little headway till the first week of this month, but when contacted the State Welfare Minister Rameshwar Paswan said the funds had already been made available to his department for execution of these schemes. He said that ''spade works'' for the implementation of these schemes were on and results would soon be visible.

Mr Paswan said a plot of land for a short stay home had been identified in Gaighat locality of Patna and construction work would begin soon.

''Most of these schemes are part of a bouquet of 16 schemes worth Rs 22.70 crore, which constituted the 'Nari Shakti Yojna' and state women's development corporation would be handed over the money for its implementation,'' he added.

While talking on the Mukhyamantri Samarthya Yojna for the disabled, Mr Paswan said district civil surgeons had been directed to organise 'darbar for physically challeged persons' in their respective areas on the third Monday of every week for preparing the list of those needing tricycles, aides and other appliances and recommend the same to the state government.

''After receipt of recommendations, the state government would make available these aides and appliances to the disabled from the funds allocated under Mukhyamantri Samarthya Yojna,'' he added.

Apart from Mukhyamantri Samarthya Yojna, the physically challenged people also get the tricycles and other aides through Non Government Organisations (NGOs) from the funds provided by the union Government, Mr Paswan said.

Giving priority to the concern of disabled, Bihar government had already established an independent office of State Disability Commissioner, he stated.

UNI

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