Biren announces Rs 500 allowance for PwDs on Modi’s birthday

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh announced a Rs 500 monthly allowance for Persons with Disability (PwD) having a disability of 60 to 80 percent starting from next month in celebration of the Prime Minister’s 72nd birthday, on Friday.

​The “Chief Minister gi Sotharabasingi Tengbang” scheme launched in December 2017 already provides Rs. 1,500 per month to persons with disability having a disability of 80 percent or more.

​Making the announcement at the inaugural function of a “Free distribution camp of aids and assistive devices to Divyangjan” under the ADIP scheme, ministry of social justice and empowerment, Biren said Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in serving and helping the poor and downtrodden.

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​In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of serving the poor and downtrodden, from next month a Rs 500 monthly pension will be provided to PwD having disability of 60-80 percent after proper medical verification and identification by social welfare department, he said.

Biren explained Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas and said, “We require collective efforts for inclusive growth by creating trust, confidence amongst us all without stopping our struggle.”

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Various aids and assistive devices including tricycles, wheel chairs, teaching and learning materials, etc were distributed to PwDs under the AIDP scheme.

The inauguration function was also attended by minister of state for external affairs and education Dr RK Ranjan Singh, YAS minister Govindas Konthoujam, social welfare minister Heikham Dingo Singh, MLA Sapam Kunjakeswor Singh among others.

The dignitaries led by the chief minister aplanted tree saplings as part of the celebration.

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