a) DEPARTMENT PROFILE:-
The main objective of Department for the Welfare of Differently Abled, T.G. & Senior Citizens is to empower the Differently Abled, T.G. and Protection and Welfare of Senior Citizens. The Welfare of Differently Abled & Sr. Citizens Department has established in 1983 with an objective to provide Welfare measures to differently abled by establishing Residential special schools, hostels, sanction of Scholarships to the children with disabilities, providing of self employment schemes under livelihood programme. Further, it also ensuring legislations like, The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, National Trust Act 1999. The Dept for the Welfare of Diff. Abled
& Sr. Citizens is also having an another objective of providing Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens by establishing Old age homes, awareness programmes on care of Senior Citizens in the last phase of life by enforcing the Act of Maintenance and Welfare of Senior Citizens with the support of Revenue and Police Department.
i. Maintenance of Hostel for Differently Abled Girls at Podalkur Road, Nellore :-
Hostel for the Differently Abled Girls with a sanctioned strength of 50 is functioning to promote education. Presently, 30 differently abled Girls are studying from 1st class to P.G. are residing in the Hostel. They are being provided with clothing, bedding materials, cosmetic charges, note books and medical care facility.
ii. Prematric- Scholarships:-
Sanction of Scholarships to the Pre Matric students studying 1st to 10th classes through Jnanabhumi.ap.gov.in web site.
c. The Pre Matric scholarships are being provided to the differently abled students whose parents annual income is less than Rs.1,00,000/- and studying in Government or Govt. recognized schools for encouraging children with Disabilities in education. The prematric scholarships are sanctioned through Jnanabhumi.ap.gov.in web site.
The rates of scholarships are as follows:
1st to 5th – Rs. 1000/- ; 6th to 8th – Rs. 1500/- ; 9th & 10th – Rs. 2250/-
Transport Allowance per month for OH :
1st to 5th – Rs. 100/- ; 6th to 8th – Rs. 100/-; 9th & 10th – Rs. 100/-
Maintenance of Prosthetic / Orthopaedic Aids per month for OH :
1st to 5th – Rs. 50/- ; 6th to 8th – Rs. 50/-; 9th & 10th – Rs. 50/-
Reader Allowance Per month for VH :
1st to 5th – Rs. 50/- ; 6th to 8th – Rs. 50/-; 9th & 10th – Rs. 10
iii. Sanction of Post Matric scholaships to OC Disabled students studying Inter and above courses through Jnanabhumi web site.
Maintenance of Tuition Fee (MTF) :
The Post Matric scholarships to the differently abled students who belongs to SC, ST, BC, Minority communities are being provided by the respective welfare departments and differently abled belongs to Other Communities are being provided scholarships through Jnanabhumi.ap.gov.in web site to the differently abled whose parents annual income is less than Rs.1,00,000/-.
Reimbursement of Tuition Fee (RTF):
Under this scheme, the differently abled students studying Intermediate to P.G. / Professional courses are being reimbursed their tuition fee to the colleges where the differently abled students are studying as per Govt. prescribed tuition fee rates. The parents annual income is to be less than Rs.1,00,000/-.
iv. Sanction of Financial Assistance to Differently Abled to eke-out their livelihood (Economic Rehabilitation Scheme) :
Under this scheme, the amount will be sanctioned as 50% on total outlay of the bank loan or maximum of Rs.1,00,000/- whichever is less as subsidy to all categories of differently abled whose age in between 18 to 60 years whose annual income does not exceed Rs.1,00,000/-. This should be applied through apobmms.ap.gov.in. web site.
v. Sanction of Petrol Subsidy :
Subsidy for petrol is being sanctioned to the disabled persons having own vehicle for the use of vehicle from resident to the duty and back and to the places where day to day activities of the beneficiaries may make it necessary for him to go. The annual income does not exceeds Rs.1,00,000/-.
vi. Back log Recruitment:-
Every year Differently abled Back log notification will be issued, through this notification Visually impaired, Hearing Impaired and Orthopedically handicapped persons will be selected and appointed as per their merit, and they will be allotted to the Various departments notified by them.
vii. Old Age Homes:-
In SPSR Nellore district there are 16 old age homes, this homes are run by the funds released by the central government , so many senior citizens who are unable to stay with their families or are destitute, this Old age homes will offer free accommodation, food, clothing etc to discriminated senior citizens. Every year with the after taking the prior approval of the Hon’ble Dist. Collector, renewal proposals of the old age homes will be forwarded to the head of dept. for the sanction of Grant-In-aid from Govt. of India.
viii. ID Cards to Senior Citizens:-
The Department issues Identity cards to the Senior Citizens whose age is 60 & above for availing concessions being offered by State & Central Governments.
ix. Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007:
Implementation of Maintenance of Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 by conducting Maintenance Tribunals and Appellate Tribunals.