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Disabled appeal for benefits

Members of Dhubri District Disabled Development and Protection Committee protest in Dhubri on Monday. Telegraph picture

Dhubri, March 3: Members of Zilla Bikalanga Unnayan Suraksha Samiti (Dhubri District Disabled Development and Protection committee) staged a sit-in in front of the office of Dhubri deputy commissioner today in support of their six-point charter of demands.

The committee alleged that despite reservation and allotment of funds for the physically challenged persons under various schemes of Delhi and Dispur, they were long been deprived of those benefits.

Under the banner of the committee, nearly 500 physically challenged persons who staged a sit-in today alleged that resolutions taken at a meeting held on September 9 last year with additional deputy commissioner Pranab Kumar Sarma in the chair were not implemented till now.

“At the meeting it was resolved that 2,887 beneficiaries who had submitted applications to the Dhubri zilla parishad for pensions under Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme would be cleared soon, but till now only 81 beneficiaries were given pensions while the rest are in the queue,” the secretary of the committee, Mazibul Haque, said.

He said though all departments in the district have been given norms and guidelines for the benefit of physically challenged persons, they were being deprived because of violation of rules.

At present, the committee is demanding a six-point of charter of demands that includes immediate appointment of selected candidates by Dhubri district social welfare department in 2005-06, allotment of fair-shop licences to the physically challenged above 50 years, financial assistance for at least 300 people, applications for which were submitted to the social welfare department last year, benefits for those under below poverty line (BPL), opening of schools for physically challenged students and implementation of all the resolutions adopted at the meeting held on September 9 last year with Sarma.

If the demands were not fulfilled immediately, the committee would organise a blockade on National Highway 31 at Beparipatty under Gauripur police station of Dhubri district on March 10, Haque warned.

A source in the committee said in a survey conducted in 2010, there were 15,693 disabled people with orthopaedic, visual, hearing, mental and multiple disabilities. The number has increased by now, he said.

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