Disability Sector

The Department provides services to Disabled Challenged Persons. Requirements for the welfare disabled people are taken into consideration the type of disability, prevention, early detection and rehabilitation. In fact, public are not aware of the rights of disabled guaranteed under the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 (PWD) this ignorance resulted in the denial of services and facilities to the disabled people.

1. Scholarships and Meritorious Award to Disabled Students

Scholarship is given to the disabled student pursuing higher studies in recognized schools, colleges and institutions from nursery up to postgraduate levels. The rates of scholarships vary according to the level of education, hostelites to day scholars. Reader allowance is also given to visually impaired students studying from class IX onwards. State Awards to meritorious disabled students is also given.

 

Coverage of Beneficiaries during the year 2015-16, Rates of Scholarship for Hostellers and Non Hostellers
Districts Coverage of beneficiaries 2016-17 Rate of Scholarship Hostellers
Rs. /pm
Non Hostellers
Rs. /pm
Reader allowance for Visually Handicapped only Rs. /pm
East Khasi Hills 555 Preparatory Level or Pre Primary and Primary standard up to Class V 350.00 250.00 --
West Garo Hills 326 Class VI to Class X 450.00 350.00 200.00
West Jaintia Hills 295 Class XI, XII, B.A/B.Sc/B.Com etc. 550.00 450.00 250.00
East Jaintia Hills 40 Class XI, XII, B.A/B.Sc/B.Com etc. 550.00 700.00 350.00
West Khasi Hills 437 M.A/ M.Sc/ M.Com/LLM/M.Ed etc. 800.00 600.00 350.00
South West Khasi Hills 135        
Ri Bhoi District 57 B.E/ B.Tech/MBBS/LLB/B.Ed/ Diploma in Professional and Engineering studies 700.00 600.00 350.00
South West Garo Hills 38        
North Garo Hills 28        
East Garo Hills 55 Et. In-Plant Training      
South Garo Hills 17        
Total Beneficiaries 1983        
Coverage of Beneficiaries during the year 2016-2017, Rates of Scholarship for Hostellers and Non Hostellers
Districts Coverage of beneficiaries 2016-2017 Rate of Scholarship Hostellers
Rs. /pm
Non Hostellers
Rs. /pm
Reader allowance for Visually Handicapped only Rs. /pm
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Total Beneficiaries  

2. Celebration of World Disabled Day

In order to create awareness among the member of the public about problems of Disabled Persons every year the 3rd day of December is observed as ‘World Disabled Day’ in all the 7 (seven) District Headquarter of the State. The number of disabled persons who took part are indicated below:

 

The number of Disabled Persons who took part during the Celebration of World Disabled Day since 2006 to 2010
Name of the Scheme Districts No. of Beneficiaries
World Disabled Day East Khasi Hills  450
West Garo Hills 200
Jaintia Hills 200
West Khasi Hills 150
Ri Bhoi District 50
East Garo Hills 50
South Garo Hills 26
North Garo Hills 54
South West Khasi Hills 140

3. Vocational Training to Disabled Persons for Self Employment

Vocational training is imparted to the disabled person through voluntary organizations in all the seven District Headquarters in different trades like knitting, cane, bamboo work, tailoring. The main objective of the scheme is to enable the disabled people to stand on their own feet by taking up self employment venture in the trade they have been trained.

 

Table showing district-wise the list of trades offered, scholarship and coverage of beneficiaries during the year 2015-2016
Districts Trades offered Scholarship/ Stipend Coverage of beneficiaries 2015-2016
East Khasi Hills Knitting, Cane, Bamboo work, Tailoring,  Weaving & Embroidery Rs.1500/- per trainee per month 10
West Garo Hills Knitting, Cane, Bamboo work, Tailoring,  Weaving & Embroidery Rs.1500/- per trainee per month 10
West Khasi Hills Knitting, Cane, Bamboo work, Tailoring,  Weaving & Embroidery Rs.1500/- per trainee per month 4
Ri Bhoi Knitting, Cane, Bamboo work, Tailoring,  Weaving & Embroidery Rs.1500/- per trainee per month 5
East Garo Hills Knitting, Cane, Bamboo work, Tailoring,  Weaving & Embroidery Rs.1500/- per trainee per month 10
South Garo Hills Knitting, Cane, Bamboo work, Tailoring,  Weaving & Embroidery Rs.1500/- per trainee per month 10
Total Beneficiaries 49

4. Token relief grant to passed out trainees of Vocational Training

Token relief grant to passed out trainees of vocational training is given (at) of Rs.5000/- per beneficiary to enabled them to start income activities as per the trade they are trained.

 

District wise coverage of beneficiaries for vocational training during the year 2015-2016
Districts  Coverage of beneficiaries 2015-2016
East Khasi Hills 59
West Garo Hills 5
Jaintia Hills 10
West Jaintia Hills 16
District wise coverage of beneficiaries for vocational training during the year 2015-2016
Districts  Coverage of beneficiaries 2015-2016
West Khasi Hills 6
Ri Bhoi District 10
East Garo Hills 2
South Garo Hills 10

5. Assistance to Voluntary Organisations working for the Disabled

Voluntary organizations working in the field of welfare of disabled are assisted financially in the form of Grants-in-aid towards maintenance of their welfare programmes such as special school, vocational centres. There are 14 (fourteen) nos. of non-governmental organizations working for the welfare of the disabled. Some organizations also maintain separate institution for a specific category of disabled persons.

6. Implementation of Disablility Act

In compliance with the provision under the Persons with Disabilities Act, new schemes for giving book grant, uniform grant, conveyance and unemployment allowances to disabled persons was initiated in 2016-2017.

District wise coverage of beneficiaries
District Coverage of beneficiaries 2016-17 Book Grant Uniform Grant Conveyance Allowance
East Khasi Hills 235
  • Class I to III not exceeding Rs.400/- each year.
  • Class IV to VI not exceeding Rs.600 each year
  • Class VII to X not exceeding Rs.900/- each year
  • Class XI to XII not exceeding Rs.1500/- each year
  • Graduate level not exceeding Rs.2000/- each year
  • Post Graduate level not exceeding Rs.3000/- each year
  • Class I to III not exceeding Rs.500/- each year
  • Class IV to VI not exceeding Rs.750/- each year
  • Class VII –X not exceeding Rs.1000/- each year
Rate Rs.250/- per student per month
West Garo Hills 795
West Jaintia Hills 65
West Khasi Hills 366
South West Khasi Hills 39
East Jaintia Hills 4
North Garo Hills 30
South West Garo Hills 139
Ri Bhoi District 109
East Garo Hills 67
South Garo Hills 42
Total 1891      

7. National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation Scheme (NHFDC)

Effort is being made to mobilize the disabled to come forward and avail the scheme. The Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank has been identified as the State Channelising Agency and the agreement has been signed. State guarantee has been done during ____ it is expected that implementation of the Scheme will be fully functional.

NPRPD – National Programme for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities District Resource Centre

The programmes is jointly implemented by the Department of Health and Social Welfare in close collaboration with a number of NGOs in the State.

Structure of Implementation.
A. State Resource Centre (SRC) – 1
B. District Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) at Tura and Shillong
C. District Disability Rehabilitation Centre – 4
D. Block Level - 40

D. Community Level: 200 CBRWs