Hyderabad: A proposal to set up an exclusive industrial park to manufacture aids and appliances for persons with disabilities (PWDs) differently-abled persons in the State would be discussed with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao soon, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said on Friday.
Responding to a request made by Social Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar on establishing an industrial park at a programme organised to distribute aids and appliances to 16,660 differently-abled persons at LB Stadium here, Rama Rao said the industrial park would help in manufacturing prosthetic limbs, tricycles, wheelchairs, fabricated appliances and other aids.
Welcoming Eshwar’s suggestion, Rama Rao said the proposed industrial park would also generate employment and assist in procuring appliances easily. Retrofitted vehicles, 4G smartphones, laptops, battery-operated wheelchairs, tricycles and two-wheelers among other appliances, all worth over Rs 24.38 crore were distributed to the differently-abled persons free.
“As Ministers and elected representatives, we regularly attend several programmes but only some programmes give satisfaction. This is one such programme that gives me satisfaction, and I am saying this from my heart,” Rama Rao said.
The TRS government is striving for the welfare of differently-abled persons and keen on bringing a smile on their faces. From the Rs 500 pension in the united AP, the Telangana government had increased it to Rs 3,016 apart from providing pre- and post-matric scholarships, and economic rehabilitation and marriage incentive programmes for them.
“Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes are also extended to them. Separate allowance is being given to employees, teachers and lecturers with various disabilities,” Rama Rao said, adding that the Chief Minister had already given instructions to ensure five per cent allocation to differently-abled in 2BHK houses.
Stating that instructions had already been issued to the District Collectors in this regard, the Minister said the State government is also implementing a five per cent reservation for the differently-abled in welfare and other schemes apart from a four per cent reservation in government recruitments.
Rama Rao said the Central government declared Telangana as the best State for its efforts to empower and develop differently-abled persons for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019.
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