Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar said that around 7.5 lakh people have been issued cochlear implant (hearing aid) through 5,500 camps held across the country under the accessible India campaign.
Speaking at an inauguration of two-day national conference at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment listed out various government initiatives aimed at benefitting persons with disability.
He said that five-year-old children with disability shall be sponsored with 6 lakh rupees for cochlear implants by the government. The government has now increased the reservation from 3 to 4 per cent in central government services and to 5 per cent in education for the person with disabilities. Elderly BPL family members with disability will be taken care of for their every needs.
The seminar on topic – Vocational Rehabilitation and Economic Inclusion of PwD in India was jointly organised by IGNOUs National Centre for Disability Studies (NCDS) and National Handicap Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC).