ACT Implementation


Status of implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995:
 
Karnataka consists of 30 Districts. As per the 2001 Census, Karnataka has a total population of 5.27 Crores. There are 9.40 lakhs persons with disabilities in Karnataka as per the National Census.
 
The following is the Category wise data of Persons with Disabilities based on 2001 Census.
 

O.H.
V.I./Low Vision
H.H.
MR/Mental
illness
Total
266559
440875
140578
92531
940643

 
 
In Karnataka an independent office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has been established and a fulltime Commissioner
Sri K.S. Rajanna is appointed by the Govt. of Karnataka. He has taken charge on 02-09-2013.   This office takes necessary steps to implement the provisions of the various sections of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995. It also performs the functions of a quasi judicial authority and protects the rights of persons with disabilities.
 
In Karnataka there is a separate independent Dept. for the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens which implements various schemes like Education, Training, Rehabilitation, Social security, Aids & Appliances and Grant-in-aid to NGOs working in the field of disabilities. The annual budget of this Department for the year 2010-11 is Rs. 8973.91 lakhs under plan and Rs. 36856.13 lakhs under non-plan.
 
7.78 lakhs Persons with Disabilities are being provided Monthly Maintenance Allowance and the annual budget for this programme is Rs.42500 lakhs. The differently abled persons with disability percentage from 40 to 74% are given maintenance allowance of Rs. 400/- per month as per G.O.No:WCD 190 PHP 2007 dtd. 27-04-2007 and those with 75% and more disability are given maintenance allowance of Rs. 1000/- per month as per G.O.No:REV/3/PHP/2008 dtd. 29-08-2008.
 
Karnataka is one of the leading States to provide the required benefits and facilities to persons with disabilities to join the mainstream of society.    In this direction the Village Rehabilitation Scheme which has one village rehabilitation worker in each village and one multipurpose rehabilitation worker in each taluk is being implemented. The VRW has passed S.S.L.C and is being given an honorarium of Rs. 700.- per month and the MRW who is a graduate is being given an honorarium of Rs. 1800/- per month. VRWs and MRWs are differently abled persons.
 
Objectives of the Village Rehabilitation Programmes:
 
  1. To provide Social, Economic, Educational and Medical Rehabilitation to all the Differently abled persons in the State at their door step.
  2. To provide services to the differently abled persons in his own place to lead a normal life like normal persons.
  3. To find out the strengths and capabilities of the differently abled persons and make life plan to enable them to get equal opportunities in the society.
  4. To provide education, employment and social security services to the differently abled people as per their needs to enable them to join the mainstream of society.
  5. To change mental attitude and the inferiority complex regarding the differently abled persons in the society.
  6. To enable the differently abled persons to get the health, education, rural development and other benefits which are available to normal person.
  7. To enable the differently abled persons to get identity card, medical certificate, monthly maintenance allowance, education & training, scholarship, corrective surgery etc. through the District Disability Welfare officer.
  8. To ascertain the involvement of the Sate Govt., Non-Governmental institutions, local authorities, different Departments and the Society in the implementation of the programme.
  9. To encourage the differently abled persons to make use the different facilities available in the various Departments for the comprehensive development and to become self reliant in life.
 
 
There are a number of opportunities to strengthen the Village Rehabilitation workers, Decentralization of powers, giving responsibility to local bodies, using the available manpower, making good use of the Department for the Empowerment of Persons with disabilities and the District, taluk & village panchayaths.   Attention of the Departments will be drawn regarding the many opportunities available to provide the basic facilities to the rural disabled by using the 3% reservation of funds in all the Departments in a matter of 5-10 years.
 
 
Example:
 
1.      To enable the formation of State Implementation Committee and to see that the committees function properly.
2.      To form Implementation Committees at the District level and ensure that they function properly.
3.      To form implementation Committees at the Taluk level and ensure that they function properly.
4.      To create awareness regarding District and Taluk administration.
5.      To encourage the workers under the scheme through training and conducting meetings.
6.      To pay the honorarium to the workers at the proper time and also increase the honorarium.
 
The main objective of the schemes is to provide rehabilitation to the rural disabled. Since there is shortage of staff at all levels, it is not possible to implement the scheme in a full manner. It is necessarily required to strengthen the State, District and Taluk Departments.
 
 
 
 
Section wise status of implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 in the State of Karnataka
 
Section 13 to 2 4
State Coordination Committee
 
The State Coordination Committee in Karnataka was constituted on
12-9-1997. The revised notification has been issued consisting of newly nominated non-official members vide G.O. No: WCD/ 462/ PHP/ 2007dtd.27-12-07. The State co-ordination committee meeting was held on 29-06-2009.
 
State Executive Committee
 
The State Executive Committee has been constituted vide Notification dated
23-4-1998. The notification consisting of newly nominated non-official members has been constituted vide notification No: WCD/460/PHP/2007 dated. 1-1-2008. The State Executive committee meeting was held on   9-11-2009.
 
2.   Sec. 25
Action taken for Prevention and Early Detection of Disabilities  
 
25(a) Under take or cause to be undertaken surveys, investigations and research concerning the cause   of occurrence of disabilities;
 
The Dept. of Welfare of Disabled & Senior Citizens has conducted a survey of persons with disabilities in all the taluka’s in Karnataka through the village rehabilitation workers and multipurpose rehabilitation workers under the State NPRPD scheme.
 
Sec.25
25 (b)   Methods for preventing disabilities implemented in   the   state. 
 
Under SSA awareness campaigns are held regarding prevention of disabilities. A total budget of Rs. 85.32 lakhs has been earmarked for this purpose by the Education Department. Also prevention of disability through creating Public Awareness and Training of Doctors, and immunization programmes are undertaken. A prevention and early detection centre has been opened in the Non Government sector. Genetic counseling is being done by the Spastic Society of Karnataka with the Co-ordination of St. John Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore. Prevention programme is also under taken at the Vanivilas Hospital at Bangalore.
 
25(c) Whether all children are being screened for identifying at risk cases?
 
The Dept. of Health & Family Welfare Services has screened 93.32. lakhs children.                        
 
25(d) Provide facilities to train PHC Medical Officer
 
Doctors of Primary Health Centres are being trained in the field of Rehabilitation and early intervention under the programme of Rehabilitation Council of India.
 
25(e) Sponsor awareness campaign, Disseminate information for hygiene, health and sanitation
 
The Govt. of Karnataka has undertaken a massive awareness campaign to create awareness regarding the rights of disabled persons and also prevention, early detection and rehabilitation of disabilities involving the NGOs and media for creating public awareness.
 
The print media (pamphlets, brochures, wall posters etc.), electronic media, jingle etc., T.V spots & clippings etc., awareness campaign in villages is being conducted. Apart from this the media is being sensitized to create massive public awareness. 
 
25(f) Measures for care of Mother child    
 
The Women and Child Development Dept. in co-ordination with Health Dept. has taken up this work on a massive scale under the ICDS programme. The VRWs and MRWs of the Department for the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens are conducting public awareness also. The Education Department is preparing a module for E.C.C.E features to include prenatal and postnatal care for both mother and child.
 
25(g) Educating public through Schools, PHC village level workers, Anganawadi Workers
 
Sarva Shikshna Abhiyana has a special component for disability. SSA is educating public through schools, PHC village level workers and Anganawadi Workers. Under CBR programme also publics are educated in this regard. The VRWs and MRWs of the Department for the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens are conducting public awareness also.
 
25(h) Create awareness through media on causes and prevention of disability
 
The State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has attended many phone in programmes on TV/Radio and conducted Press meets.
 
3. Sec. 26 
EDUCATION
26(a). Ensure free education to disabled up to 18 years of age   
The Govt. of Karnataka is providing free education for disabled children in eight Govt. residential special schools, four schools for hearing impaired children at Gulbarga, Mysore, Bellary and Belgaum. Four schools for visually impaired children at Gulbarga, Mysore, Davangere and Hubli. These schools provide free food, shelter and education to the children. In the NGO sector 129 special schools for the different categories of disabilities are functioning. Also 29 vocational training centres are functioning for PWDs in Karnataka.
26(b). Promote integration of students with disabilities in the normal schools
Department of Education is also providing free and compulsory education for disabled children up to the age of 14 years under SSA in the normal schools. There is no rejection policy to admit the children with special needs in normal schools. There are 1,10,512 children with special needs who are studying in the primary schools and 23686 children with disabilities in the High schools. 14739 children with special needs are given Home Based Education. 
There are 59 NGOs implementing IEDSS schemes.
26(c). Setting up of special schools so that the children with disabilities have access to education:
The Govt. of Karnataka is providing free education for students with disabilities as follows:

Sl. No.
Institutions
No. of Institutions
No. of Children with disabilities
1
Govt. school for visually impaired children
04
178
2
Govt. school for hearing impaired children
04
374
3
State Grant-in-aid special schools
34
1400
4
Central Grant-in-aid special school
95
9651

 
 
26(d). Equip special school with vocational training facilities:
 
Many special schools have vocational training facilities especially those for mentally retarded children.
 
4.Sec. 27
 
27(a). Conduct part time classes for children with disabilities who have completed education upto 5th class and could not continue on whole time basis:
 
Education Department is attempting to give free and compulsory education.
 
27 (b). Conduct special part time classes for providing functional literacy for children of 16 years and above
 
Implemented
 
 
 
27(c). Impart non-formal education by utilizing available man power in rural areas;
 
Home based education is provided to 14739 children with special needs in the State.
 
27(d). Education through open schools and universities already implemented
 
Also the disabled students are getting educated through National Institute of Open School (NIOS)
 
27(e). Conducting class and discussion through media:
 
There are many educational classroom programmes conducted through IGNOU on Television.
 
27 (f). Provide free of cost books and equipments:
 
The Education Department is providing free books to the students. 6014 Braille books for the Visually impaired students were printed and supplied by the Govt. Computerized Braille Printing press at Mysore free of cost during 2010-11. The Braille books are supplied throughout the State.
 
The Brail press also printed Kannada novels in Braille. Through the Department of Disabled Welfare, Blind students are provided with Sound Library facilities also, wherein tape recorders and audio cassettes are given.
 
5.Sec. 28
28. Initiate research for designing and developing new assistive devices etc.
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has already taken initiative for designing and developing new assistive devices.   The All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore is conducting Research on new devices etc. Apart from this Mobility India and Association for Persons with Disabilities (Non-Governmental Organizations) also conduct research on these areas.
Sec 38
Govt. and local authority to formulate schemes to ensure employment for PWD including
a.       Training and Welfare
b.      Relaxation of upper age limit.
c.       Regulating the Employment
d.      Health and Safety Measures and Creation of Non-handicapping environment in places where P.W.D’s are working.
 
 
 
6.Sec. 29
29 Set up teacher’s training institute and assist National Institute to develop teacher’s training
 
To train teachers in special education for visually impaired and hearing-impaired children, the state Govt. training centers have been established at Mysore with the assistance of NIVH and NIHH. Candidates who have passed 12th std are eligible to undergo two years Diploma course. During the year 2010-11 the following are the no. of teachers are trained.
 

Sl. No
Hellen Keller D.Ed Institute Mysore (VI)
Karnataka State D.Ed Institute, Mysore (HI)
1st year
10
12
2nd Year
12
15
Total
22
27

           
 
There are several special Teachers Training Institutes run by NGO’s conducting courses affiliated to Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University. NIVH, NIHH, NIMH etc
 
7. Sec 30 Prepare comprehensive education scheme.                                  
 
The Education Department has prepared a draft comprehensive policy this year including all the subject matters under Sec. 30 (a to g)
30(a). Transport facility or financial incentive to parents of disabled children to attend schools
Financial allowance for transport facility has been provided under the Sarva Shikshan Abhiyan Scheme. 300 children with special needs were provided transport financial assistance during the year 2010-11.
 
30(b). Removal of architecture barrier from schools, colleges etc.
 
Under SSA 32244 schools have been provided with ramps and 2725 special toilets have been constructed for children with special needs
 
30(c). Supply of books, uniform and other materials to school going disabled children.
 
The Education Dept. distributes text books and uniforms to all children studying from 1st to 10th std. including disabled children.148937 disabled students were provided text books, uniforms and other materials during 2010-11.
 
30(d). Grant of scholarships to students with disability.
 
 
The disabled students studying from Ist standard to University education are eligible for scholarships under the scheme. Income limitation has been relaxed during the year 2001-02. Scholarships are given by the Dept. of Welfare of Disabled.   A budget of 230.58 lakhs was provided to grant scholarships to 23.000 disabled students for the year 2010-11.
 
The rates of scholarships are as under.
 

Scholarships to PWDs
Monthly
Hostellers
Reader allowance to Blind Students
Conveyance Allowance to OH
Ist to Vth Std
50
25
25
25
VIth to Xth
100
140
75
50
PUC
150
140
75
50
Degree Courses
200
180
75
-
BA/MBBS/LLB/ Diploma in profession and Engineering
250
240
100
 
MA/M.Sc/M.Com/LLM and Equalent
300
240
100
 

 
Incentive awards are given to merited disabled student who secure 60% and above marks in public exams. The scheme has been extended to D.Ed, B.Ed and M.Ed students also.
 
 
8
Sec. 31
Provide amanuensis to blind and low vision students.
For Visually Impaired students of PUC and BA degree courses in humanities subjects are given Tape recorders & audio cassettes through the Principal of the institution full of cost.The Educational qualification for the scribe has been relaxed vide circular No. A8 March 2004/03-04 dated 11-07-2003. and No. ED 15 UHE    dated 22-03-04
 
 
 
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Sec   32
EMPLOYMENT
32(a). Identify posts to be reserved for Persons with disabilities.
The Govt. of Karnataka has constituted a committee and which has identified the jobs that can be performed by the different kinds of disabled persons. Vide G.O. No. DPAR 52 SRR 99 BANGALORE DATED 29TH NOVEMBER 2002 .Notification is issued for group A,B C and D posts. The revision of the posts identified for recruitment of persons with disabilities has been taken up by the committee appointed for the same.
32(b). Review at intervals not exceeding 3 years the list of posts identified and update
The Committee has been constituted to review the list of
posts identified and to up date the same. Identification review of jobs for group A&B is being done by DPAR and for group C&D by Secretary, Department for Women And Child Development.
10
Sec   33
Reservation of 3% posts for P.W.D   1 % each for VH, HH and OH.
30(e). Setup appropriate forum for redressal of grievances of Parents of disabled children. 
The State Commissioner under the PWD Act is hearing the grievances. As the Deputy Commissioners in the Districts are designated as D.C. Disabilities, they are also conducting Adalats on the 3rd Monday of every month to redress the grievances of Persons with Disabilities. The Thasildars conduct the grievance redressal meetings at the taluk level. Conducting District Disability Management Review with all the departments regarding implementation of the Act.
 
The SDMCs’ have been constituted by the Govt. Order No: ED 122 PBS 2004, Bangalore dtd. 14-06-2006 and has been regarded as first redressal agency relating to the grievances of teachers and children. Any grievances by children are being redressed at the local level.
 
30(f). Suitable modification in the exam system.
 
The Education Dept. has issued necessary circulars regarding providing extra time for writing examination, relaxed the educational qualification of the scribe, provided language exemption. Commissioner office had already requested the education department to include disability subject in their curriculum
30(g). Restructuring the curriculum for hearing impaired to take only one language.
 
One language is exempted for the Heating impaired students.
 
8.Sec. 31
Provide amanuensis to blind and low vision students.
 
For Visually Impaired students of PUC and BA degree courses in humanities subjects are given Tape recorders & audio cassettes through the Principal of the institution free of cost. The Educational qualification for the scribe has been relaxed vide circular No. A8 March 2004/03-04 dated 11-07-2003. and No. ED 15 UHE dated 22-03-04.
 
9.Sec   32
EMPLOYMENT
 
32(a). Identify posts to be reserved for Persons with disabilities.
 
The Govt. of Karnataka has constituted a committee and which has identified the jobs that can be performed by the different kinds of disabled persons. Vide G.O. No. DPAR 52 SRR 99 BANGALORE DATED 29TH NOVEMBER 2002 .Notification is issued for group C and D posts. This committee has not revised the list of identified posts for reservation for persons with disabilities.   Inspite of several letters written to the Committee, the revision of identification of posts for reservation of persons with disabilities has not been done. For group A & B posts the Govt. has identified posts for reservation for the persons with disabilities vide Notification No. DPAR 21 SRR 2008 dated 3-8-2009. This list is not comprehensive and does not include all the Departments.
 
32(b). Review at intervals not exceeding 3 years the list of posts identified and update
 
The Committee has been constituted to review the list of posts identified and to update the same.   This committee has not reviewed the list since 2002. Identification review of jobs for group A&B was done by DPAR by issuing Notification No. DPAR 21 SRR 2008 dated 3-8-2009 and this list does not contain all the Departments.   Also justification for identification of posts has not been given.
 
10. Sec   33
Reservation of 3% posts for P.W.D   1 % each for VH, HH and OH.
 
The Govt. of Karnataka has reserved 3% posts in A and B Category posts for VI,HI and OH 1% each respectively. And 5% in C and D category posts in Govt. Services for recruitment of persons with disabilities. This reservation is categorized as 2% for VI and 1% for HH, 1% for OH, Leprosy Cured and 1% for MR and MI.
 
11. Sec. 34 
Issue notification 
 
The Directorate of Employment and Training has issued notification under Sec.34 of the act.
12. Sec. 35
Authorized persons to inspect records of establishment.
 
Employment Officer is the authorized person.
 
13.Sec 36
Vacancies not filled up to be carried forward
 
It is adopted in the General Recruitment Rules in Karnataka
 
14. Sec 37
Employers to maintain the records of employees with disabilities
.
 
All Govt. departments / undertaking / agencies are maintaining the records of employees with disability
 
15. Sec. 38
Govt. and local authority to formulate schemes to ensure employment for PWD including
 
a. Relaxation of upper age limit.
 
10 years relaxation is provided in upper age limit for persons with disabilities for recruitment in Govt. services.
 
b. Regulating the Employment
 
Implemented.
 
c. Health and Safety Measures and Creation of   Non-handicapping environment in    
     places where P.W.D’s are working.
 
Access Audit is being conducted by access audit teams to ensure barrier free environment. State level and District level access audit teams are formulated. State level Committee is headed by the State Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities. At District level Committee is headed by Deputy Commissioner/Deputy Director, Department of Women and Child Development
 
Industrial training center, Mysore.- The Department of Welfare Disabled has started an ITI center with an objective to impart vocational training courses for blind persons. The institution is run by a voluntary organization with 100% grant from the State Govt. The Center imparts training to 25 students every year in light engineering, plastic moulding, cane wiring etc.
 
Counseling and Guidance center- This center provides information to persons with disabilities about the facilities and the schemes and services available under the State and the Central Govt. The details of institutions providing special education, vocational training and information about procuring quality aids and appliances is given to disabled and others.
 
Self Employment Schemes:-
 
Hostels for disabled employees/trainees: - The Department of Welfare of Disabled & Senior Citizens is running one hostel for male and one hostel for female employees/trainees at Bangalore. Apart from this there are 25 hostels for disabled employees/trainees run by Non-Governmental organizations catering to 1250 beneficiaries in the State.
 
16.Sec 39        
All Govt. and Govt. aided educational institutions to reserve 3% seats for PWD
 
The Secretary, Education Dept. has issued circular and order stating that all Govt. educational institutions and other educational institutions receiving aid from the government shall reserve not less than three percent of seats for persons with disabilities. The Govt. has agreed to reserve 3% seats in unaided education institutions.
 
The 3% of the total seats are reserved for persons with disabilities in Medical, Dental, Ayurveda, Engineering, Architecture and the other professional courses in the under graduate and post graduate level in Karnataka.
 
 
 
 
17.Sec 40
Reserve 3% in all poverty alleviation of Govt. schemes and local authorities
 
3% Reservation has been made by Rural Development and Panchayath Raj in all the poverty alleviation schemes in Karnataka.  
 
The Urban Development Department has reserved 3% of the funds for the benefit of persons with disabilities and has issued guidelines for the use of this fund for housing, employment, skill development training, health, corrective surgery, education, cultural activities, construction of individual toilets and drinking water supply.
 
18. Sec 41
Provide incentives to employer to ensure 5% of the work force is composed of PWD
 
Initiatives have been taken by this office to provide employment to Persons with Disabilities in the private sectors.
 
19.Sec 42
 
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
 
Prepare scheme to provide aids and appliances to PWD:
 
The Dept. of Welfare of Disabled, Govt. of Karnataka has a separate scheme to provide aids and appliances. Under this scheme aids and appliances are distributed to the disabled persons. If the income of the family is less than Rs.11500/- per annum in rural areas and Rs. 24000/- in urban areas, full assistance is admissible. During the year 2010-11 Rs. 50 lakhs budget provision has been made under this scheme and 317 beneficiaries were issued with different types of aids and appliances. Aids and appliances are also distributed by the District Disability Rehabilitation Centers (DDRC) located at Mangalore, Gulbarga, Belgaum , Tumkur, Mandya and Bellary.   These DDRCs are not getting proper grants from the Central Govt. and the State Govt. is not also allocating any grants and the implementation is not done properly. Mandya, Mysore and Bellary Districts are implementing the scheme to a certain extent with the funds from the 3% aid. Under State sector approval has been to start District Rehabilitation Centre at Mysore, Gadag and Raichur.
 
20.Sec  43
Notify scheme for preferential allotment of land
 
a. House
b. Setting up of business centre
c. Special recreation centre
d. Special School
e. Research centre
f. Factories by entrepreneurs with disability
 
The State Govt. has made provision vide G.O. No. NAAE/129/TMD/2002 Bangalore dtd.2-6-2003 for sanction of land at 50% concessional rates for Govt. approved Institution to run rehabilitation centers, shelter homes for mentally ill and old age homes. 4148 houses are allocated to persons with disabilities under various housing schemes by the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation during 2010-11.
 
Respective departments have taken note of the provision of the Act for implementation. The Bangalore Development Authority has made 2% reservation in allotment of sites and houses. The State Govt. has already passed order reserving 5% for Persons with Disabilities in all Govt. housing and site schemes.   The Karnataka Housing Board has reserved 3% in allotment of sites/houses in Karnataka. Any number of Persons with Disabilities who are owning sites will be provided financial assistance for construction of houses by the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation
 
21.Sec 44 
Non-Discrimination in Transport
 
a. Transport Sector-
 
2 seats in BMTC is reserved for disabled persons.  BMTC has introduced low floor buses. BMTC extended free transportation facilities only for visually impaired persons. The State Govt. has issued bus passes at concessional rates to 1,00,000 disabled persons during the year. KSRTC and BMTC have been requested to provide barrier free   features and also provide wheel chairs in all bus stations.
 
The office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has instructed the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation to ensure barrier free accessibility for persons with disabilities in all the Metro Railway Stations and in the Metro Rail.
 
 b. Easy accessibility-
            The Police Dept. has initiated action to provide auditory signals at all the traffic signal lights, signages, curb cuts on the roads to enable easy movements for persons with disabilities in Karnataka. 
 
22. Sec 45
Provide for facilities on the road:
 
a. Auditory signals at red lights in roads for physically handicapped the Police Dept. to take action in Public Works Department has taken up the work.
 
      The Police Department has initiated action to implement auditory signals at all the traffic signal lights in Karnataka. 175 traffic signals have been installed with auditory signals in three     city corporations.
 
b.Curved cuts and slopes to be made in pavements for wheel chair users.
 
       Public works Department has taken up the works.
 
c. Engraving on the services of the zebra crossing for the VH
 
        The traffic police dept. has made provisions
 
d. Integrating on the edges of the railway platform for VH and low vision persons.
 
The Railway Dept. has implemented. In Bangalore city the railways has  
installed motorized vehicle to ferry the disabled persons from the entrance to the train.
 
e. Devising appropriate symbols of Disabilities.
 
     Appropriate symbols of disabilities have been designed and warning signals are installed at the appropriate places.
 
 f. Warning signals at appropriate places
 
     Action has been initiated
 
23.Sec 46 
 
Barrier free environment
 
a.     Ramps in public places:
 
           Many of the public places like Vidhana Soudha, High Court of Karnataka, The Secretariate, Mahanagara Palike, Vikasa Soudha, Bus stations, Airport, Railway stations, Passport office and other public places etc., are made barrier free. Written letters to all Department Heads and Deputy Commissioners to provide barrier free environment in the public buildings, offices and other public places in Karnataka, which comes under the respective departments. 
 
b.      Adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users:
 
Implemented at the Secretariat, Vikasa Soudha, Bus station, Railway Station, Vidhana Soudha and other public places.
 
c.        Braille symbols & auditory signals in elevators:    
 
      Implemented in all important public places
 
d.       Ramps in hospitals PHC and Medical care & Rehabilitation institution
 
Ramps and accessible toilets are built at 204 major hospitals at district & taluk levels have ramps. All medical colleges, hospitals have ramps.
 
 
24.Sec 47
Non-discrimination in Govt. employment
 
     The policy is implemented. A number of cases have been taken up by the Court of the State Commissioner for Disabilities and Justice has been provided.
 
25.Sec. 48
 
RESEARCH AND MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT
 
Promote and sponsor in the areas of
 
a. Prevention of disability
 
    Research is being conducted at
 
a.       St. Johns Medical college and Hospital, Bangalore.
b.      Victoria & Vanivilas Hospital, Bangalore.
c.       Sparsha Hospital, Bangalore.
d.      All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore.
e.       Chandrashekhar institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore.
f.       Indian Institute of science, Bangalore
g.      CBR Network research centre Bangalore
h.      National Institute for Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
i.        Minto Hospital, Bangalore.
j.        Department of Women and Child Development.
k.      Department of Health & Family Welfare.
                   
b. Rehabilitation including Community Based Rehabilitation.
 
   The Department for the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens   Action is implementing the Village Rehabilitation Scheme.
 
 
 
c. Development of assistive devices including psycho-social aspect
   
    Action has been initiated
 
d. Job identification on site modification in offices and factories
   
Action has been initiated
 
26.Sec. 49
 
Financial incentives to universities to enable them to undertake research for Special education, rehabilitation and Manpower development.
 
The Dept. of Higher Education and the Universities have been requested to undertake research in special education, rehabilitation and manpower development. Initiative has been taken for installation of resource center in the Universities to provide higher education to persons with disabilities in Karnataka.
 
27.Sec.   50
RECOGNITION OF INSTITUTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
 
Appointment of competent authority and its function:
 
The District Deputy Director, Dept. of Women and Child Development is the competent authority to issue the certificate to NGO’s running institution for persons with disabilities. In Karnataka 235 institutions have registered till now.
 
28.Sec. 51
No person to establish or maintain an Institution for persons with disabilities except in accordance with a certificate of Registration
 
This section is incorporated in the rules under the Act.
 
29.Sec. 52
Application form/certificate of Registration to be prescribed by the State Government
 
Application forms has been prescribed.
 
 
30.Sec. 56
 
INSTITUTION FOR PERSONS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES.
 
Social Service Complex is established under the Dept. of Welfare of Disabled. The scheme provides protection and shelter with health care to the destitute aged, infirm and disabled persons. This center is situated in Bangalore. The sanctioned strength of Social Service Complex is 100 beneficiaries. At present there are 70 beneficiaries in the Social Service Complex and they are provided free food, shelter and medical facilities. NGO’s are also running Institutions for persons with disabilities. One Manasa Kendra is established at Bangalore and sanction has been given to establish Manasa Kendras at Shimoga, Belgaum, Bellary, Raichur Districts to provide care, food, clothing, accommodation and medical treatment to mentally ill persons. Also Emergency Ambulatory Services are being provided to transport Mentally Ill persons. Also Arogya Kavacha ambulances are made available to persons with disabilities.
 
31.Sec. 60 & 61
Appointment of Commissioner for Disability        
 
The Govt. of Karnataka has appointed Mr. K.V. Rajanna, as State Commissioner for Disabilities, Karnataka in the rank of Secretary to Govt. The State Commissioner Co-ordinates with all the Departments conducts quasi-judicial proceedings and conducts inspections of Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations working for persons with disabilities.
 
32.Sec 65
Annual Reports
 
The State Commissioner prepares and submits annual reports regularly.
 
33.Sec.   66
 
Govt. and local authorities to undertake for rehabilitation:
 
The Govt. of Karnataka has many schemes of Rehabilitation like
 
a. Aids & appliances
b. Scheme of Corrective surgery
 
c. State scheme for Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities (VRWs and MRWs scheme).
 
d. DDRC’s at Mangalore, Gulbarga , Belgaum, Bellary, Tumkur and Mandya are run under Central Scheme. Apart from this sanction has been given to start DDRCs at Mysore, Gadag & Raichur under State Sector scheme.
 
e. Insurance scheme for mentally retarded persons, Parents/ guardians.
 
The parents of mentally retarded persons are insured with Life Insurance Corporation of India and Dept. of Disabled Welfare pays the premium amount every year. After the death of the parent an amount of Rs. 20000/- will be paid to the nominated guardian for the maintenance of the mentally retarded persons from LIC. 3288 beneficiaries are benefited by this scheme.
 
f. Medical Relief Fund for the corrective surgeries for the prevention of disabilities.- Under this scheme financial assistance of Rs. 35000/- to each disabled person is provided for conducting corrective surgeries for prevention of disability at the Govt. hospitals and other recognized private hospitals. Also wide publicity is given to avail the benefit from National Trust, who have launched various programme.
 
34.Sec. 67
Insurance scheme for employees with Disabilities
           
Action is being initiated
 
35.Sec. 68
Unemployment allowances for persons with disabilities
 
Monthly maintenance allowance of Rs. 400/- is being given to 5.57 lakhs disabled persons who are economically backward with below 75% of disability and Rs.1000/- to 1.32 lakhs disabled persons who are above 75% of disability. Totaly 6.89 lakhs persons with disabilities are availing this benefit at present.
 
 
36.Sec. 73     
List out the rules promulgated under this Act/Clause
 
The Govt. of Karnataka has notified the rules for carrying out the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 vide No:WCD/172/PHP/98
dtd. 17-4-2004 and No:WCD/08/PHP/2006 dtd. 9-11-06
 
Budget and Expenditure Statement for the year 2010-11 of Department of Welfare of Disabled & Senior Citizens, Govt. of Karnataka
 
 

Sl.
No.
Head of Account
Budget
Revised Budget
Expenditure
Plan
Non Plan
Plan
Non Plan
Plan
Non Plan
 
I State Sector
1
Social Service Complex
 
2235-02-001-0-03
7.12
29.26
7.12
29.26
5.84
27.45
2
Directorate of Welfare of Disabled
2235-02-001-0-05
25.69
156.70
25.69
156.70
24.37
128.06
3
Development of schools for deaf and blind
2235-02-101-0-02
1.00
26.55
1.00
26.55
0.71
24.30
4
Scohalrship for the disabled students
2235-02-101-0-05
20.00
0
20.00
210.58
15.66
199.62
5
Persons with Disabilities Act 1995
2235-02-101-0-47
 
45.19
-
45.19
-
39.24
-
6
Training & Employment
2235-02-101-0-48
 
-
337.45
-
337.45
-
0
7
Residential Home for Mentally Ill persons
2235-02-101-0-49
 
-
96.70
-
96.70
-
17.12
8
Hostel for Disabled Womens
2235-02-101-0-50
 
-
224.97
-
224.97
-
129.09
9
Spoorthy Self Help Groups
2235-02-101-0-51
 
1.00
-
1.00
-
0
-
10
Aids & Appliances for Disabled
2235-02-101-0-52
 
50.00
-
50.00
-
14.96
-
11
NPRPD
2235-02-101-0-53
 
330.00
-
330.00
-
317.24
-
12
Maintenance allowance to physically handicapped
2235-02-101-0-20
 
2240.00
35260.00
7240.00
35260.00
7995.92
34137.50
13
Welfare of Physically and Mentally challenged
2235-02-101-0-05
 
225.00
395.14
425.00
395.14
391.27
460.11
14
Senior Citizens Policy
2235-02-104-0-04
 
75.00
-
75.00
-
48.47
-
15
Buildings
2235-02-101-0-01
 
20.00
-
-
20.00
-
19.98
16
Grant in aid to special schools run by Non-Governmental Organisations
2235-02-800-0-04
1000.00
0
300.00
-
0
-
 
Total Rs.
4040.00
36526.77
8540.00
36737.00
8873.66
35123.17
 
II District Sector
1
Non Govt. Institutions for Physically Handicapped
2235-02-101-0-01
397.71
86.00
397.71
86.00
397.71
86.00
2
Voluntary Organization for care of Old,infirm and disabled (GIA)
2235-02-104-2-01 care of
36.20
32.78
36.20
32.78
36.20
32.78
 
Total Rs.
433.91
118.78
433.91
118.78
433.91
118.78
 
Total (I +II) Rs.
4473.91
36645.55
8973.91
36856.13
9307.57
35241.95