Govt. committed to protect weaker sections : Minister

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
10 Jun 2018

The Union Government is fully committed to protect the interests of the weaker sections, physically challenged and SCs/STs in the country, said Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Ramdas Athawale on Sunday. Enumerating the achievements of his Ministry in the past four years, Mr Athawale informed that around 2,67,555 Divyangs in the country have been enrolled in the Ministry in last four years which include 6000 from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “Reservation in jobs for Divyangs have been increased to 4 percent from 3, while for education, it has been increased to 5. The Union Government under Narendra Modi implemented Sugam Yojana, which guarantees economical assistance and pension, for the welfare of Divyangs in the country,” he said.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, around 3400 Divyangs are provided Rs 2500/- as monthly pension. Moreover, the government in collaboration with Alinbow Company, organised over 7,000 camps for Divyangs for providing information and awareness in the country for their welfare. More than 10 lakh Divyangs have been provided with helping tools, Mr Athawale said.  “There exists 27 percent reservation in the education sector for OBCs, but now a bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha to give constitutional status to OBC Commission. The Prime Minister has also instructed banks across the country to grant financial assistance to at least one Dalit male and one female Dalit citizen as part of celebration of the 125th birthday of Dr BR Ambedkar. Besides, functions will be organized all over the country in honour of Dr Ambedkar on the occasion of Constitution Day this year,” he added.