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Resource id #4 Union Budget made no special mention of disability! - Volume 8 Issue 5: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 8 Issue 5 - March 01, 2011

Union Budget made no special mention of disability!

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The much awaited Union Budget was presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 28. However, there was by and large just no mention of disability.

“The Union Budget is a huge disappointment for us, the 70 million disabled citizens of India,” said Javed Abidi, Convenor, Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.).

“Year 2011-2012 will be the last year of the current XIth Five Year Plan. We had sincerely hoped that funds would be earmarked for the National Institute of Universal Design. In the last Budget, funds were sanctioned for the Sign Language Research and Training Centre but this had got left out. We were told that this was due to the lack of resources and we were promised that “next year” and before the XIth Plan runs out, this Institute will also be sanctioned,” stated Abidi in his letter to the Prime Minister.

Click here to read Javed Abidi's letter to Prime Minister.(Word - 32 KB)

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