CHENNAI: The ordeal of the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in getting the benefits of government welfare schemes is expected to end soon with the introduction of an on-line application processing system in the State. The State government is going to establish common service centres in order to help the PwDs from this year.
“The common service centres (CSC) to help the PwDs will be established from the current year. Applications, along with necessary documents, can be filled and submitted through these centres,” Minister for Social Welfare and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme Dr V Saroja announced in the Assembly on Wednesday.
She explained that the applicants would be given a receipt number and acknowledgment chit and tentative date for distribution of aids. The applications would be forwarded to the District Differently Abled Welfare Officer concerned before distributing assistance.
Besides ensuring transparency in processing the applications, this will also save the PwDs from hassles, the Minister pointed out. Saroja also announced that a financial assistance would be offered to PwD students to encourage them clear competitive examinations held at the national level and by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC-Group-I.
“The Chief Minister has ordered to give an amount of Rs. 50,000 each to encourage the PwD students who clear the main examinations of All India Civil Service and TNPSC-Group-I”, she told the House, adding that the scheme would be implemented from the current financial year.