Pune: Following orders from the State government to all district collectors, Zilla Parishad CEOs, municipal commissioners and chief officers of local bodies to utilise 100 per cent of the 3 per cent budgetary allocation of funds for schemes for challenged persons, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Nitin Patil has asked these bodies to provide details of the funds used for such schemes.
Patil said the commissionerate has asked all government bodies to submit details of the fund allocation. "If the bodies fail to submit the details, we will issue notices to them. The State commissioner has right to access information about funds utilised for challenged persons and the corporation bodies cannot deny it. The government has asked them to utilise 100 per cent of the 3 per cent budgetary allocation in the schemes.
The government thinking on these issues is a good sign. However three per cent is the minimum limit that the bodies should spend on schemes for challenged persons. The government bodies should do a survey of challenged persons in their jurisdiction and utilise the funds efficiently," added Patil.
He said meetings with heads of corporation bodies are in progress to inform them about the ways to utilise the funds.
"Once the survey is done, the government body should allocate funds based on percentage of disability of persons. For instance, persons with 60 per cent disability will get preference over persons with 40 per cent disability. Similarly, serious disabilities like cerebral palsy should get preference during fund allocation," added Patil.
Where can the funds be utilised?
Special education, skill building, employment, building awareness, rehabilitation, empowerment and inclusion of Divyang in the social and economic stream.