Bhubaneswar: The State Government has enhanced the financial assistance provided to the differently-abled students of all special schools across Odisha, informed Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Thursday.
While Rs 1200 provided as monthly assistance for residential students has been enhanced to Rs 1760 to cover their major expenses, the monthly assistance for day scholars has been enhanced from Rs 250 to Rs 370. An annual allocation of Rs 3,75,90,000 has been earmarked for this purpose. The amount will be disbursed from April 1, 2020.
Panda further informed that Rs 10,000 will be provided to the special schools once every three years for the purchase of sports equipment. Rs 1 lakh will be provided once for the purchase of furniture, Rs 50,000 for computer and Rs 60,000 for special software equipment. Rs 2,26,60,000 will be allocated for the purpose.
It is worthwhile to mention that there are as many as 103 special schools in Odisha. The above mentioned assistance will also be provided to the differently-abled students pursuing Plus Two.