Differently-abled people distributed with benefits

14 Sep 2018

In a bid to improve the socio economy standards of the people living with several disabilities, the Sikkim Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department on Thursday distributed grants to beneficiaries of schemes like Marriage of Persons with Differently-Abled, Inter Caste Marriage, under Protection of Civil Right and prevention of Atrocities Act and National Family Benefit Scheme under National Social Assistance Programme.
Chairperson of Central Social Welfare Advisory Board Phurmit Lepcha and Chairperson of Sikkim Commission for Protection of Child Rights Dikila Bhutia were present.
Phurmit Lepcha said that earlier physically challenged people were not integrated into the mainstream of society and marriage is the institution where the stigma of being differently-abled was starkly highlighted. Now with the scheme of ‘Marriage with Persons with Differently-Abled’, marriages between the disabled and  normal person in the society had got recognition.. Sikkimese people must take advantage of various social welfare schemes like widow re-marriage, unmarried pension, scholarships and transgender pension.
“In many places especially in rural areas people are not aware and thus we have to create awareness about such social welfare schemes and ensure proper utilization of welfare schemes,” added Phurmit Lepcha.  Dikila Bhutia asked the people to avail maximum utilization of social welfare schemes and urged people to spread awareness in their respective places. 
During the function, 18 couples were honoured under Marriage with Persons with Differently-Abled Scheme and received cheque worth Rs. 2 lakh. Ninteen couples from all four districts received cheques worth Rs 30,000 each under Inter Caste Marriage Scheme under Protection of Civil Right and prevention of Atrocities Act. Under National Family Benefit Scheme, 70 beneficiaries received cheques worth Rs 30,000 each under National Social Assistance Programme.  The department also distributed pressure cookers to 12 senior citizens under BPL category. (EOIC)