Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowalon Thursday launched Deendayal Divyangjan Pension Achoni of the Social Welfare Department for the benefit of Divyang people at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra here.
The pension scheme will cover a total of 1, 15,111 Divyang people of the state who will receive an amount of Rs 1000 every month under this scheme. “The pension scheme will enable the Divyangs to live a life of dignity and make meaningful contribution to the society,” Sonowal said.
Saying that India’s first Industrial Training Institute (ITI) for Divyangs is set up by the state government at Barbarua in Dibrugarh district which shows the government’s commitment towards development of the specially abled sections of the society, Sonowal stated that the government is going to advertise more than 800 posts for recruiting Divyang people in different departments of the government.
Referring to the Bhupen Hazarika’s timeless song ‘manuhe manuhor babe’, the chief minister said that the state government believes in harmony among all sections of the people and it will not allow the interest of the indigenous people to get harmed in any way. He also informed that the senior citizen pension scheme will also be started soon by the government to support to the elderly people of the state in their time of need.
The chief minister ceremonially distributed cheques of pension to 13 beneficiaries today.