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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tax relief for those taking care of disabled kin on government agenda: Thawar Chand Gehlot

Tax relief for those who are taking care of persons with disabilities in their families is on the agenda of the government, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, said today.
The minister stated this at the conference of ministers of Social Welfare in states/UTs dealing with issues related to disability, according to a release here.

Listing out a seven-point agenda, Gehlot said that developing income generation models to ensure economic independence and aid to voluntary bodies was a part of it.
He also stressed on the enactment of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill and issuance of Universal IDs to all with disability to enable them to avail of the benefits of government schemes and measures.

The minister also urged the state governments to be more attentive towards improving accessibility at public buildings for persons with disabilities and also ensure easier-to- access government websites, the release added.

Urging the state governments to encourage NGOs to increase their involvement to improve the conditions of persons with disabilities, Gehlot said that they should be asked to monitor the implementation of programmes.

Source : The Economic Times , 23rd August 2014

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