5,000 disabled pensions scrapped in RR district

Disability in many of them found to be less than the prescribed upper limit

Nearly 5,000 pensions being drawn by the disabled in Ranga Reddy district have been scrapped as the disability in many of them was found to be less than the prescribed upper limit.  According to the District Rural Development Authority officials, the pension of Rs.500 each disbursed under the social security schemes will be withdrawn for 4,336 disabled candidates who were found with less than 40 per cent disability in the computerised screening camps conducted across the district over the past one year.

Pensions will be stopped temporarily for 500 more candidates who did not attend the screening camps, DRDA Project Director Varaprasad Reddy said. Screening camps are being conducted exclusively for the beneficiaries in various spells to determine the extent of disability, and thereby their pension eligibility.  Medical tests are being conducted with the help of specially designed software SADARAM (Software for Assessment of Disability Access, Rehabilitation and Empowerment) in five hospitals of the district. The software also facilitates identification of requirement for surgery in any beneficiary, so that the same can be communicated to the Department of Health for further assistance, he said.

The hospitals where the screening was conducted include the district hospital at Tandur, area hospitals at Kondapur and Vanasthalipuram and two other private hospitals. Tests were conducted under specially constituted medical boards. So far, 29,000 people have been screened from a total of 31,073, Mr Reddy said. With majority of the beneficiaries screened, the number of medical boards will now be reduced to one or two.

Those who failed to attend the screening may use these camps for resumption of the pension. Reassessment will be conducted by the designated appellate authority for those who are not satisfied with the result, he added.

The Hindu

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