A 17 year old specially-abled person namely Nisar Ahmad Khan, tailor by profession resident of Vaal Nagbal area of Hapatnad in Anantnag district has submitted his application thrice in Social Welfare Office in Islamabad (Anantnag) district but all applications have been rejected.
While talking to The Kashmiriyat Nisar said that “I go to my shop daily which is 5 kilometers away from my home, though my legs start bleeding as i am unable to take even a single step but I am compelled to go to my shop- I am the only bread earner of my family.”
Nisar has to take care of a family of five members, which includes his 2 sisters, old-aged parents.
A neighbour of Nisar told The Kashmiriyat that “We the neighbours of Nisar are trying to get a scooty for which we are collecting money in the Vaal Nagbal Locality.”
In 2017, the state government in Jammu Kashmir approved Rights of Persons with Disabilities Ordinance, 2017 that increased the number of disabilities from 7 to 21 for various governmental benefits and reservation in educational seats and jobs.
In December 2018, on world disabled day, the Government announced a scholarship scheme for the state’s specially-abled students.
According to this scheme, meritorious students with disabilities are supposed to receive a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh each year.
Official Data reveals that there are 76,543 persons registered with the department under ISSS (Integrated Social Security Scheme) and NSAP (National Social Assistance Programme).
Under these schemes, monthly financial support of Rs 1000 is being provided to old people, destitute, widows, divorcees, and persons with disability.
Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar on July 12 (Friday) launched a programme “Har Kadam, Ham Kadam’- an initiative by the Srinagar district administration under which wheelchairs are to be distributed to specially-abled persons at their doorsteps free of cost.