D.N.I.S. News Network - Orthopaedically disabled employees of the Haryana State Government will now receive an enhanced special pay allowance of Rs. 600 and also get the benefit of extended retirement age of 60 at par with their visually impaired colleagues. Earlier, orthopaedically disabled employees had to retire by the age of 58 and were receiving a special pay allowance of only Rs. 250.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda made this announcement on the birth anniversary of Louis Braille. He also inaugurated the building of the National Disabled Institute at Panchkula.
Hooda said the Government had earmarked Rs. 33.35 crores for various schemes for disabled people. He also announced a grant of Rs. 25 lakhs for the building of the National Handicapped Welfare Council.
The Chief Minister presented the Louis Braille Memorial Award- 2005 to Chief Secretary Meenaxi Anand Chaudhary. He also awarded cash prizes of Rs. 11,000 each to three orthopaedically and mentally disabled performers, Tejaswani, Richa Singh and Sunil. The Council presented a Charter of Demands to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, and the Health Minister, Kartar Devi.
Only two months ago, the Haryana Government had announced a hike in unemployment allowance for people with vision impairment, with the Chief Minister promising to implement the three per cent reservation for people with disabilities in the state government jobs.