New Health Care & Insurance Schemes For Disabled People: Goa
With the proposed health care and insurance schemes for the disabled population in the state, the government intends to fully implement the central legislation namely Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in Goa from the forthcoming financial year 2018-19.
A number of schemes envisaged under this act include healthcare and insurance schemes. Under health care, the beneficiaries will receive free healthcare in the vicinity, especially in rural area, subject to the family income, besides barrier-free access in all parts of government/private hospitals and other healthcare institutions as well as centres, and priority in attendance and treatment.
The act also maintains that the state government shall, by notification, make insurance schemes for their employees with disabilities.
Chief Minister has made a provision of Rs 1,091 crore for the department of social welfare including for women and child as well as tribal welfare, for fiscal 2018-19. Minister for Social Welfare said that a lot remains to be done for the disabled population in the state including implementing related schemes of the central government.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act has raised the reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark disabilities from 3 to 4 percent, and in higher education institutes from 3 to 5 percent. Furthermore, with the enforcement of this act, every child with benchmark disability between the age group of 6 and 18 years will have the right to free education.
This legislation has been made to bring Indian laws in line with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Under the newly enacted act, the types of recognised disabilities have been increased from the earlier 7 to 21, including conditions such as sickle cell diseases, mental illness, speech and language disability, thalassemia, haemophilia and others.
The state government has issued a notification pertaining to this legislation, as released by the joint secretary for the law, in October 2017.
The act speaks about community centres for the disabled population with good living conditions in terms of safety, sanitation, healthcare and counselling. It also speaks about facilities for persons including children with disabilities, who have no family or have been abandoned or are without shelter or livelihood.
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