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Thousands of differently-abled �still deprived� of monthly stipend

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GUWAHATI, June 4 - The Pratibandhi Suraksha Sangstha, Assam (PSSA), an organisation working for the rights of differently-abled persons, said that thousands of persons with disability from Assam are still deprived of the monthly stipend given under the Deendayal Divyangjan Pension scheme.

In a statement, the PSSA demanded of the Government of Assam to take immediate measures to release the fund.

According to the PSSA, on February 27 this year, a proposal was sent to the Additional Chief Secretary of Social Welfare Department to sanction Rs 16,50,36,000 for the scheme against 13,753 persons with disability. But, due to the negligence of some officials, the fund remains pending till date, it said.

Nripen Malakar, general secretary of the organisation, said, �Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced�an ex gratia of Rs 1,000 through two equal instalments over three months in her first stimulus package on March 26, but no initiative has yet been taken by the State government in this regard.�

�We will carry out a massive agitation in the State in the coming days if the government fails to resolve the issues,� he added.

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Thousands of differently-abled �still deprived� of monthly stipend

GUWAHATI, June 4 - The Pratibandhi Suraksha Sangstha, Assam (PSSA), an organisation working for the rights of differently-abled persons, said that thousands of persons with disability from Assam are still deprived of the monthly stipend given under the Deendayal Divyangjan Pension scheme.

In a statement, the PSSA demanded of the Government of Assam to take immediate measures to release the fund.

According to the PSSA, on February 27 this year, a proposal was sent to the Additional Chief Secretary of Social Welfare Department to sanction Rs 16,50,36,000 for the scheme against 13,753 persons with disability. But, due to the negligence of some officials, the fund remains pending till date, it said.

Nripen Malakar, general secretary of the organisation, said, �Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced�an ex gratia of Rs 1,000 through two equal instalments over three months in her first stimulus package on March 26, but no initiative has yet been taken by the State government in this regard.�

�We will carry out a massive agitation in the State in the coming days if the government fails to resolve the issues,� he added.

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