Now, Chhattisgarh government will send handicapped on pilgrimage
RAIPUR: Now, under the Chief Minister Teerathyatra
Scheme, differently-abled people of Chhattisgarh will get opportunity of
visiting main pilgrimages of the country. For that the Social Welfare
Department of the state government has amended the Chhattisgarh Mukhyamantri Teerathyatra
Yojana Act 2012, launched for aged people.
Chhattisgarh had implemented this scheme in 2012 for
sending aged people of the state to pilgrimage at government cost, once in
their life time. So far, 60,000 people in the state have benefited from this
Social Welfare Department officers said here on
Tuesday that differently-abled people of the state would be sent on pilgrimage
of famous places of the country, under the Chhattisgarh Mukhyamantri
Teerathyatra Yojana. The department has issued notification of amendment in the
Act on June 18, 2014.
According to the notification, such differently-abled
person, classified under section 2(N) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal
Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, would be
eligible of taking benefit of the scheme.
Now, hearing impaired, deaf and dumb, visually
impaired and physically disabled person will be eligible for the pilgrimage.
Differently-abled person, who is above 18 years of age and not an income tax payer,
will be eligible under the scheme.
They have to mention the name of their life partner in
the application form. They can also go in groups of five people. An assistant
for each differently-abled person, who is nearest or choice of the person
concerned, is compulsory for the pilgrimage.
80 per cent of the beneficiary should be BPL,
Antyodaya, or Mukhyamantri Khadyann Sahayata Yojana card holders and 20 per
cent above poverty line.