India is a developing nation. With the winds of change, card castles of stigma topple down, and that is the future that is unfurling for the country. Since the turn of the century, the young nation has brought about several changes and has gotten increasingly more progressive.
However, true progress is inclusivity, and the governments agree that undoing the stigma around disability is the need of the hour. To extend its support and to encourage inclusivity all the more, the Assam government launches the Assam Deen Dayal Divyangjan Sahajya Scheme 2021.
About the Assam Deen Dayal Divyangjan Sahajya Scheme 2021
The scheme has been launched in the state by the Vice President of India with the interests of Person with Disabilities (PWDs) at the core of things. The scheme will essentially provide benefits for all the disabled people of the state of Assam.
Subsequently, the state government will also give one-time financial assistance by offering ₹5,000 to the disabled person for their treatment.
Statistics suggest that the scheme will benefit roughly around 4.5 lakh divyangjan residing in the state of Assam.
Salient features of the Assam Deen Dayal Divyangjan Sahajya Scheme
- The scheme will focus on changing the attitude of society towards People with Disabilities and also manage to bring their standards of living up to par.
- The state government is also going to provide a single time grant of ₹5,000 to PWDs for their treatment.
- The PWDs will be given access to public places and will even be provided opportunities in public and private sectors, based on the skills they can offer.
- This will help change the perspective of the people towards people with disabilities and this will also help bring about sensitisation towards the plight the people with disabilities face.
- Assam government will also make sure that the beneficiaries of the Deen Dayal Sahajya scheme will receive the number of various schemes which have been introduced for their welfare.
- In the initial phases of the implementation of the scheme, it is said to benefit roughly around 1 lakh people in the state.
- Furthermore, the state government has also allotted a budget of ₹250 crores for the successful implementation of the scheme.
The Census of 2011 suggests that the total number of disabled persons in India are 2.21% of the total population of the total 15% population of disabled persons all around the world. Paying heed to this statistic, the state government of Assam launched the scheme to ensure that it works towards making the life of disabled persons comfortable in the state.
Speaking about persons with disabilities is so stigmatised that people often even refrain from calling them so. What people with disabilities need is not sympathy or euphemisms, they need actionable help and timely intervention which helps them live a dignified life, and explore their own unique potential that foregoes their disabilities and renders them an identity that is different from their disability is usually is seen as something that defines them.