IMPHAL, Dec 3: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh launched “Chief Minister-gi Shotharabasingi Tengbang”(CMST) , a new state social welfare scheme for persons with disabilities while observing the International Day for Persons With Disability at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Biren reiterated that the new BJP-led government is committed to deliver human service to the people of the state and there is no such religion which is higher or above humanity or human service.
Stating that the new government is trying to reduce the hill-valley,he said the government doesn’t incline or belong to a particular section of society or community and doesn’t discriminate any community living in the state.
Mentioning about those parents who are living in the Old-aged homes, the chief minister said that a certain amount as maintenance fund would be deducted from the Government employee who discriminate, give ill treatment to their parents and doesn’t allow their parents to live at their homes.
In the day’s observation, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar said that today is indeed a historic day and it is a path breaking moment for all of us to launch such unique scheme for the welfare of the persons with disabilities in the State while Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen mentioned that there are certain challenges such as lack of awareness, challenges of inter-sectorial co-ordination etc. in proper implementing various social welfare schemes in the State.
PWD minister Th Biswajit Singh, health minister L. Jayantakumar Singh, rural development minister Karam Shyam. tribal and hill areas development minister N. Kayasii, PHE minister Losii Dikho, agriculture minister V. Hangkhanlian, MLA Dr. Sapam Ranjan, MLA Khashim Vashum, chief secretary R R Rashmi, additional chief secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, commissioner (social welfare) H Dileep Singh, sirector of social welfare Jacintha Lazarus, officials of social welfare department attended the function.
CMST is a state government scheme to facilitate their vital and meaningful participation in contributing towards the creation of socio-economic wealth and overall welfare of the state and also to provide quality of life to the persons with disabilities and to bring inclusive development in the State besides empowering the marginalised ones.
The scheme includes Care-Giver allowances/Maintenance Grant to Persons with disability having a disability of 80% or more with would be provided with Rs. 1,500/- per month. The beneficiaries will also be covered under “SwavlambanHealth Insurance Scheme for PWD”, where the state government will provide the mandatory beneficiary contribution of Rs 366 per annum, which will provide a health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh to four members of a family and OPD charges.
The persons with disabilities in the age group of 19-59 yrs who can work would be provided with soft loans to take up economically viable employment opportunities and self-employment through Manipur Society for Skill Development.