Now, ‘Scooter Bhagya’ for Disabled

Published: 09th January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th January 2015 05:00 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who has launched welfare schemes like Anna Bhagya, Ksheera Bhagya and Danta Bhagya for weaker sections, is now preparing to empower the physically challenged with his “Scooter Bhagya” scheme.

The Department of Disabled Welfare is drawing up a programme to distribute three-wheeled scooters to those who have lost their legs or are born crippled.

“We have constituted a committee to implement the programme and tenders for purchase of these scooters will be invited soon. The government has provided `6.25 crore for the programme and we intend to distribute them to about 1,000 people to start with this year,” Director of the Department of Disabled Welfare, P C Jayanna, told Express.

The committee is also drafting guidelines for fixing the eligibility criteria. The proposed programme is expected to cover disabled persons in the age group of 20 to 60 years.

According to department sources, having a two-wheeler driving licence would be mandatory to avail the benefit and only those without any disabilities in both the hands would be considered for the benefit.

The programme was being drafted after a detailed study revealed that most of those with disabilities felt that giving them mobility was the biggest empowerment, department sources said.

The government intends to provide such scooters to all physically challenged (with mobility problems) in the long run, and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has promised a bigger allocation for this programme in the next Budget to be presented in February-end or the first week of March.


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