New Delhi: Haryana government has decided to increase the monthly allowance given to physically disabled kids in the state.

While the scholarship for handicapped children under the age of 18 who are not attending schools has been increased from Rs 300 to Rs 700, scholarship for physically challenged students up to class XIIth has been hiked by Rs 100 per month.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced his government’s decision while was speaking on the occasion of Mother Teresa birth anniversary celebrations at Saket College of Physiotherapy.

He also announced the change in name of Saket Hospital which would now be known as Mother Teresa Hospital for Orthopedically Challenged.

He announced to raise the scholarships given to students from class 1st to 4th to Rs 300; class 5th to class 8th to Rs500 and class 9th to class 12th to Rs 600.

Speaking at the event, he said, “The Social Justice and Empowerment Department is providing pensions to 45,000 physically challenged people.”

Hooda distributed 20 tri-cycles, 5 wheel-chairs and checks of Rs 1100 each to 26 kids.

Also present at the occasion was Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Geeta Bhukkl who informed that the department has also launched an award on Mother Teresa's name.

JPN/Bureau