[AI] CCEA clears scheme to promote jobs for disabled

Geetha Shamanna geetha at millernorbert.de
Fri Jan 18 13:24:18 EST 2008


The BBC Hindi service covered this news item rather extensively yesterday. 
Among people interviewed were both representatives of the disabled as well 
as the industry. The representative from industry already appeared 
dissatisfied that these incentives will be valid for a maximum of three 
years per candidate. With this kind of response, this scheme may not produce 
far-reaching results.

Geetha
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Source: The Hindu 
(http://www.hinduonnet.com/2008/01/18/stories/2008011853481400.htm)

  Front Page   

  CCEA clears scheme to promote jobs for disabled

  Special Correspondent

  Scheme to create one lakh jobs for disabled per yearWill be open to 
companies in the organised sector

  NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday cleared a 
scheme under which incentives will be given to the employers providing jobs 
to the disabled.  This is in pursuance of the National Policy for Persons 
with Disabilities that was adopted in 2006.
  The incentives will be in the form of payment by the government to the 
employers' contribution to the Employees Provident Fund and the Employees 
State Insurance for the first three years for their employees covered under 
the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and 
Full Participation) Act and the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons 
with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities 
Act.
  The scheme will be available only to those appointed after the date of the 
sanction of the scheme.  Also, the employers will have to continue to bear 
the administrative charges of 1.1 per cent of the wages of the employees 
covered under the Employment Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions 
Act.
  The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will give lump sum funds to 
the Employees Provident Fund Organisation and the Employees State Insurance 
Corporation as an advance, which will be later adjusted against individual 
claims received from the employers.  The amount will be replenished 
periodically.  Initially, the two organisations will be provided Rs.  5 
crore each, and in case there is a need for more, the amount will be 
enhanced.
  A high-level committee, co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Ministry of 
Labour and Employment and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, 
will monitor the implementation of the scheme.  The Chief Provident Fund 
Commissioner and the Commissioner of the Employees State Insurance 
Corporation will be part of the panel as members.
  The CCEA also cleared an outlay of Rs.  1,800 crore for the scheme for the 
current Plan period.  The scheme envisages creation of one lakh jobs for the 
disabled a year.  It will be a centrally sponsored scheme. It will be open 
to companies in the organised sector.  It will be applicable to employees 
with wages up to Rs.  25,000 a month.
  Chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the CCEA also approved revision 
in the criteria under the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya scheme.
  Under the new criteria, for the rural areas, administrative blocks where 
the female literacy rate is below 30 per cent will qualify as educationally 
backward blocks.  For the urban areas, out of the 338 towns and cities 
identified by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, 94 towns and cities with a 
female literacy rate below the national average of 53.76 per cent will 
qualify for the scheme.

  Gauge conversion

  The CCEA gave the nod for gauge conversion of the 
Ratlam-Mhow-Khandwa-Akola section at a cost of Rs.  1,421 crore. The project 
will help better passenger and freight traffic from Secunderabad and Chennai 
to Jaipur, Ajmer, Ratlam, Indore, Khandwa, Akola and other towns in 
north-west Rajasthan.  It will also facilitate movement of military 
personnel and equipment to and from the Mhow cantonment.


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