CM Shinde announced the formation of the Divyang Department, and Maharashtra became the first state to do so
The Maharashtra government has announced the creation of a new department for differently-abled people. Addressing a program in Mumbai on Saturday on the occasion of International Handicapped Day, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said that a separate disabled department would be set up in the state for the welfare of the disabled. He said that an amount of Rs 1,143 crore would be allocated for this.
CM Shinde said that Maharashtra is the first state in the country to set up the Department of Disabilities. He said his government has created 2,063 posts for the new department which will frame policies for the welfare of the disabled taking into consideration the views of all stakeholders
In the state cabinet meeting on November 29, approval was given for the formation of the Divyang Department. The government says that under the Department of Social Justice and Special Assistance, a new Disabled Welfare Department will be formed for disabled people. Currently, the social justice department is responsible for welfare activities for the differently-abled, which oversees education, training, and rehabilitation for them.