New Delhi: Even while the Chief Minister of Bihar is boasting of bringing wave of development in each faction of the society but the recent revelations about the condition of physically challenged people in the state reflects a different picture in Nitish Kumar regime.

The world is going to celebrate the 19th year of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ on December 3, but the state government has appeared inefficient in assisting these people in availing the benefits from the bodies meant for them.

The failure of the state government has come into light through a recent exposure of ‘National Handicap Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC)’ which works for the welfare of disabled people by providing financial assistance for self-employment generation.

Though the organisation has completed 13 years of its establishment but Bihar has remained in the back seat in making the financial benefits available to the physically challenged natives.
Since its establishment under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the year 1998, the body has provided financial assistance of Rs 283 crore to as many as 5, 7813 disabled people till September this year across the country.

But reluctant attitude of the government, lack of awareness and poor accessibility has simultaneously contributed in forcing the people remaining deprived of these benefits.
While Rs 93 lakh monetary assistance had been provided to 142 disabled in neighbouring Jharkhand, mere Rs 5.50 lakh came in the fate of 29 people in Bihar. Similarly, the 187 such people of UP could a loan of only Rs 1.04 lakh.

However, with better awareness and accessibility options Haryana, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh were among the top rankers with benefitting 7337, 1557 and 1404 physically suffers respectively from these oraganisation.

Apart from this Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu has always excelled in getting back these people in the mainstream of the society and impart complete justice to them.

Speaking on the lines of ‘World Disabled Day’, social activist Vikash Sharma, who is fighting his battle for these people since a long time said “As per the rules any disabled of 60 years or above can avail the monetary benefit of upto Rs 25 lakh for the corporation. This will help them greatly in making them independent and self-confident.”  

JPN/Bureau