Himachal expands 'Sahyog' scheme



Shimla (Aug 18): Himachal Pradesh cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to expand the scope of Integrated Scheme for Persons with Disabilities under ‘SAHYOG’ by making the same more beneficial to the eligible physically challenged persons and provide them better facilities of scholarships, vocational training and enhancing incentives for marriage, etc.

Funds will be provided for research and development projects on disability down to block level through various organizations and NGOs, besides universities and medical colleges. It has been decided to enhance scholarship amount to the eligible
disabled and provide day scholars scholarships ranging between Rs 350 and Rs 750 per month and boarders Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 per month.

The income limit to avail scholarship benefits has been enhanced from Rs 60,000 to Rs 2,5 lakh per annum to bring more people under the fold of the scheme. Marriage incentives of disabled persons have also been enhanced substantially.

Now marrying a disabled with 40 to 74 percent disability the spouse would get Rs. 15,000 instead of Rs. 8,000 as incentive and others with 75 to 100 percent disability the incentive amount has been enhanced from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000.

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