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.
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Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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