Mizoram government is planning to increase job reservations to differently-abled people in the state

Aizawl: The Mizoram government gave 3% job reservation to specially-abled people, state social welfare minister Dr K Beichhua told the state legislature on Tuesday.

Replying to a question from VL Zaithanzama of the Opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), Beichhua said measures are being taken to award 4% job reservation to the differently-abled person according to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

“As of now, the government gives 3% reservation to the specially-abled people as per the Person with Disabilities Act, 1995,” he said.

The minister also said that there are at present 15,160 people belonging to the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category in Mizoram.

Of these, 2035 are visually impaired, 3,354 are hearing impaired, 1,163 have speech disabilities, 1,976 have locomotor disabilities, 1,585 are mentally retarded, 1,050 have mental illnesses and 2,083 people have multiple disabilities, among others, Beichhua said quoting the 2011 Census.

Beichhua said that the state government has provided employment to 61 residents in the PwD category. According to the minister, a total of 60 ramps have been created at government offices and public building for specially-able persons under various schemes.

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The minister also informed the House that there are two blind schools in the state.

While the Special Blind School at Durtlang in Aizawl was established by an NGO called Samaritan Association for the Blind; Home for the Blind in Kolasib is being run by the Salvation Army, he said.

Special Blind School opens classes from nursery to Class X and has an intake of 29 students with 11 teachers while Home for the Blind school has three students and 11 teachers, he said.

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