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Maharashtra becomes first state to have a separate Divyang department

In a latest development, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced that the cabinet has approved the decision to set up a separate Divyang department for the welfare of differently-abled persons.

Maharashtra becomes first state to have a separate Divyang department
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In a latest development, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced that the cabinet has approved the decision to set up a separate Divyang department.

With this, Maharashtra becomes the first state to have such a department which will work for the welfare of differently-abled people, said Shinde.

The decision to set up the Divyang department was approved by the state cabinet on November 29. Earlier, on November 9, the CM had put up the proposal for discussion in the state cabinet.

Moreover, while addressing an event in Mumbai to mark the International Day of disabled persons on Saturday, December 3, he also mentioned that the government will set up this with a fund allocation of INR 1,143 crores.

In addition, the government has created 2,063 posts for the new department which will formulate policies for the welfare of the disabled by taking into consideration views of the stakeholders.

Soon after the announcement, Bapurao Kane President of Prahar Apang Kranti Organization welcomed this move and expressed his gratitude. “Maharashtra is the first state in India to have an independent Department of Disabled Welfare,” he added.

The state will set up a divyang bhavan and rehabilitation centre in each district. Shinde exclaimed that on the lines of Thane and Akola, door-to-door survey of divyang people will be conducted for collection of accurate data which will be utilised for effective implementation of schemes for them.

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, the government had said.

Welfare activities of Divyang people like education, training, and rehabilitation were so far taken care of by the state social justice department.

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