[AI] Rajasthan shows the way with social-security survey for PwD...including mentally illness!

Vaishnavi Jayakumar jayakumar.vaishnavi at gmail.com
Sat Sep 4 04:39:26 EDT 2010


Survey of disabled in Rajasthan

*Jaipur:* The state government is carrying out a survey on physically and
mentally challenged persons for the first time. Under the new
provisions, mentally
ill patients — even those suffering from severe depression — would also be
included in the category. Those identified, will be eligible to avail
benefits under the provisions of Disability Act, after their scrutiny and
certification.

A communiqué, directing all the district collectors, to make preparations
was sent from the office of chief secretary to all the districts recently.
Besides mental illness, six other categories—blindness, low vision,
leprosy-cured, hearing impairment, locomotor disability and mental
retardation—would be included in the survey as per the new provisions.

"We have already drawn the modalities for the survey which is being carried
out for the first time in Rajasthan. Special training and orientation
programmes will soon be conducted all over the state for those to be
involved in carrying out the survey, which will help them identify the
disabled in accordance with the provisions," said Aditi Mehta principal
secretary department of social justice and empowerment.

Those identified as mentally ill by the surveyors would be scrutinised by
the team of medical experts and would be later given a disability
certificate. The training for the programme would begin from September 30
following which survey would be carried in the months of November and
December all across the state.

*According to a rough estimate, the number physically and mentally
challenged persons could have reached up to 18 lakh by now in the state. In
fact the question on disability was first included in the 2001 census
schedule following suggestions from the ministries of social justice and
empowerment and planning and programme implementation as well as
non-government organisations. Subsequent census had placed Rajasthan on
sixth position in terms of number of disabled persons present.*



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