[AI] Delhi: comptroller and auditor general (CAG) findings on the functioning of the schemes for the disabled

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 03:37:16 PDT 2015

The CAG report has found some disturbing facts about the schemes and
projects for the disabled run by the department of social welfare. One
major failure is the management of Asha Kiran complex for mentally
disabled persons which have 970 resident patients as against a
capacity of only 350. There were 57 deaths in the complex in 2009-10.
There were several recommendations for decongesting the place but the
department took no major steps except for constructing two dormitories
and shifting 186 patients to other locations in 2013.
The audit also found the complex has only one ambulance for 24-hour
service despite 469 patients suffering from severe conditions. On more
than 8000 occasions, patients had to be taken to different hospitals
by auto or cycle-rickshaws.

There is also a shortage of 45 staff members in the complex as against
the sanc tioned posts of 260. But in reality, the complex has a staff
requirement of 502 which makes it short by 287. There is no facility
to train the patients in any educational stream or course. The
national and Delhi commissions for protection of child rights found
prevalence of malnourishment and skin diseases among residents and CAG
found that the complex doesn't have a single dietician.

Meanwhile, in the case of disabled people, monetary benefits may be
going to inel igible candidates as the de partment did not conduct any
door-to-door survey of beneficiaries but depended solely on census
data. At the 11th and 12th national meeting of the state commissioners
for people with disabilities, a door-to-door survey every five years
for effective target ing of schemes had been rec ommended.

The government never came up with any insurance scheme despite Section
67 of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 specifying that an
insurance policy should be framed by the states. Despite a budget of
Rs 5 lakh being provided from 2009 to 2013, the mid-day meal scheme
for deaf and mute schools started only in November 2013.

The department runs on ly six schools for disabled students with a
capacity for 1250 students as against a current demand of more than
50,000 children. The review also revealed since 1996, against 2239
vacancies for disabled persons in various departments, only 1253 were

No proper verification of the beneficiaries was done in 2011 and 2012
for giving an allowance of Rs 1500 per month, meant only for those who
are poor and with more than 40% disability .

The department itself doesn't have disabled-friendly infrastructure
and its new school for the deaf and mute in Kalkaji doesn't even have
a toilet. Despite discouraging the use of “handicapped“ to describe
disabled persons, the comptroller and auditor general found it being
used “officially“.

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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