CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced many concessions for the welfare of the differently abled. The members of differently abled have been staging agitations for the past many days pressing for certain demands.
Making a suo motu statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister said the percentage of disability required for getting monthly financial assistance of Rs.1,000 would be reduced from 60 per cent to 40 per cent. Further, the condition that the differently abled person should be a destitute to get monthly assistance would be removed.
The State government has been strictly adhering to the three per cent reservation for differently abled. She said since May 2011, as many 5,633 differently abled persons had been given employed in government and public sector undertakings.
The Chief Minister also announced that a State-level committee headed by Social Welfare Minister B Valarmathi would be formed to monitor the implementation of various welfare schemes for the differently abled.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also announced that a Mani Mandapam would be raised for late leader of farmers association V Narayanasamy at his memorial at Vaiyampalayam in Coimbatore district.
Besides, Rs 2 crore financial assistance would be given to the families of 40 farmers who had lost their lives in the police firing while staging agitations for the rights of farmers during the period between 1970 to 1980.