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Financial Assistance to persons with disabilities during Pandemic Period

New Delhi: Ex-gratia of Rs.1000, in two equal installments of Rs.500 each, was provided to each of the existing beneficiaries of pension schemes under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) for disabled, old age and widow as a part of relief package announced by the Union Government under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) package to mitigate the difficulties of poor and vulnerable after spread of COVID pandemic during 2020-21. An amount of Rs. 7733.92 lakh was released to States/UTs for payment of the aforesaid ex-gratia to persons with disabilities, including mentally challenged persons, under Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) of NSAP. State/UT-wise details of PwDs benefited through ex-gratia are given in Annexure.

The persons with disabilities, including mentally challenged persons, aged between 18-79 years and belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households are given central assistance of Rs.300 per month under IGNDPS. The central assistance is increased to Rs.500/- per month per beneficiary on attaining the age of 80 years. No separate percentage of mentally challenged persons is maintained under the scheme.

The amount of ex-gratia was disbursed to beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode by States/UTs.

Annexure

State/UT wise details of funds released for payment of ex-gratia and number of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) benefitted under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) package for NSAP beneficiaries

Sl. No.

States/UTs

Number of PwD beneficiaries

Funds released for payment of ex-gratia Under PMGKY (Rs.in Lakh)

1

Andhra Pradesh

24413

244.13

2

Bihar

120562

1205.62

3

Chhattisgarh

31245

312.45

4

Goa

41

0.41

5

Gujarat

10774

107.74

6

Haryana

11537

115.37

7

Himachal Pradesh

851

8.51

8

Jharkhand

24836

248.36

9

Karnataka

43639

436.39

10

Kerala

29935

299.35

11

Madhya Pradesh

99924

999.24

12

Maharashtra

7654

76.54

13

Odisha

82182

821.82

14

Punjab

5151

51.51

15

Rajasthan

28137

281.37

16

Tamilnadu

57201

572.01

17

Telangana

17448

174.48

18

Uttar Pradesh

73213

732.13

19

Uttarakhand

2822

28.22

20

West Bengal

65177

651.77

 

Sub Total

736742

7367.42

NE States

   

21

Arunachal Pradesh

1284

12.84

22

Assam

18916

189.16

23

Manipur

1007

10.07

24

Meghalaya

969

9.69

25

Mizoram

400

4.00

26

Nagaland

960

9.60

27

Sikkim

451

4.51

28

Tripura

1954

19.54

 

Sub Total

25941

259.41

Union Territories

   

29

A&N Islands

1

0.01

30

Chandigarh

100

1.00

31

D&N Haveli

142

1.42

32

Daman & Diu

66

0.66

33

J&K

2406

24.06

34

NCT Delhi

6321

63.21

35

Ladakh

363

3.63

36

Lakshadweep

51

0.51

37

Puducherry

1259

12.59

 

Sub Total

10709

107.09

 

GRAND TOTAL

773392

7733.92

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.