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Maharashtra to Establish Separate Divyang Department

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that the state will establish a separate Divyang department for the welfare of differently-abled persons with a fund allocation of 1,143 crore rupees.

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What More He Said:

He was speaking at an event on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Mumbai. Mr Shinde said, the government has created 2,063 posts for the new department. He added that Maharashtra is the first state to have such a department. The Chief Minister said that there will be secretary-level officials for this separate ministry. It will take all the steps for the welfare of Divyang people in the state.

Significance Of This:

It will formulate policies for the welfare of the disabled by taking into consideration the views of the stakeholders. He said that the decision in this direction was taken within only 24 days.

Welfare activities of Divyang people like education, training, and rehabilitation were so far taken care of by the state social justice department. The sections looking into issues of Divyang (differently-abled) people under the Social Justice and Special Assistance department will be clubbed to form the new Divyang Welfare Department.

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