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International Day of Disabled Persons: Of 12 Million Disabled Children, Only 1% Go to School, Says HRD Minister

There are about 12 million people with disability and just one per cent go to schools, said MoS for HRD Satyapal Singh.

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Updated:December 3, 2018, 8:04 AM IST
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International Day of Disabled Persons: Of 12 Million Disabled Children, Only 1% Go to School, Says HRD Minister
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New Delhi: On International Day of Disabled Persons today (December 3), the HRD ministry has told schools that expenditure incurred on transport of children with disabilities would be reimbursed.

Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh said on Sunday that the ministry has given directions in this order. Besides expenditure on transportation of disabled student, amount spent on books and uniforms will also be spent.

Speaking at an award ceremony organised by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and Mind tree, Singh said there are about 12 million people with disability and just one per cent go to schools.

"Specially challenged people just do not need courtesy and compassion, but real empowerment which would come through education. How to ensure it is a big challenge," he said at the Helen Keller Awards 2018.

Singh said the directions have been issued to "all the schools in the country that all the expenditure incurred on books, uniform and transport will be reimbursed by the government".

He also said that the girl child will be given Rs 200 per month.

The government from this academic session has also issued directions that there will minimum 5 per cent admission in all educational bodies, he added.

"It is one of the top most priority for this government to make sure that the rights of specially challenged people are ensured," he said.

He also said for helping people with disabilities there is a need to not only supporters but also ambassadors fighting for the rights of the disabled people.
| Edited by: Anu Parthiban
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