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CHENNAI: Disability rights activists in Tamil Nadu are unhappy with the budget allocations for the disability sector. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, more community support allocations were expected.
“We have asked the government to increase the monthly disability pension from 1,000 rupees to 3,000 rupees, just like the neighboring states of Puducherry and Telangana,” said S Namburajan, state secretary general of the Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently. Abled and supervisor (TARATDAC).
Another activist, R. Vimal, pointed out that large numbers of disabled people are homeless, saying that complying with the Disability Rights Act will help tackle the problems of poverty and unemployment, and it should have been Budget must be ensured. According to the law, 5 percent of jobs in the private sector must be reserved for people with disabilities. Likewise, 4 percent of the jobs in the government sector should be reserved for us, demands Vimal. “People with disabilities want a dignity in life that can only be achieved if they have jobs,” he says.
The activists point out that less than 10 percent of companies abide by this law and ironically reject PwDs in interviews. In addition, the government has also failed to comply with the 2013 Supreme Court order that the backlog of vacancies must be made available to people with disabilities. The community has requested a whitepaper to implement these backlog points. They are also calling for MNREGA job contingents.