The increase in the allocation proposed to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPWD) -- from Rs 855 crore last year to Rs 1070 crore this year -- is peanuts. The department was established in 2012 to look after disability affairs in the country. A cursory look at its short stint shows that the department is far behind in achieving its transformative objectives of providing Unique Identity Cards to the disabled, facilitating Accessible India campaign, setting up of regional sports centres for the disabled and establishing the National University of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies proposed in the previous years' budgets. The meagre funds provided to the department and shuffling of officials at short intervals are the main hurdles in the smooth implementation of the projects. Read more: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/budget-tokenism-for-disabled/542849.html
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