UT drafts special scheme for differently abled

The Chandigarh Administration has drafted a detailed plan to rehabilitate persons with disabilities.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published: February 23, 2009 5:27:15 am

… to be allotted commercial sites

The Chandigarh Administration has drafted a detailed plan to rehabilitate persons with disabilities.

UT Administrator General SF Rodrigues (Retd),while exercising powers conferred by the provisions of the Capital of the Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act,1952,has formulated a scheme for preferential allotment of commercial sites to the differently abled. The scheme,to be called ‘Chandigarh allotment of sites to build booths to persons with Disabilities Scheme,2009’,will come into force from the date of the publication in the Chandigarh Administration’s gazette.

An unemployed person with disability of 40 per cent or more will be eligible for allotment under the scheme. The applicant is required to be a resident of Chandigarh and should have resided in the city for the last five years. The applicant or any member of his or her family should not own any commercial site or building anywhere in the country and the annual family income of the applicant should not exceed Rs 1 lakh.

Depending on the number of booths or sites available,the first preference will be given to those with disability of 80 per cent and above,followed by those with disability of 60 per cent and above.

According to the scheme,booths on the ground floor will be allotted to the differently abled and those on the upper floor will be auctioned to the general public by the Chandigarh Housing Board.

The allotment will be made on licence basis,initially for a period of 15 years on a licence fee of Rs 500 per month,which will be enhanced at the rate of five per cent per annum. In case of default in payment of licence fee,simple interest at the rate of two per cent per month will be charged.

If the number of eligible applicants happens to be more than the number of available sites,the allotment will be made through a draw of lots.

The licencee will be entitled to get the ownership of the booths transferred in his or her name after a period of 15 years,provided the licencee has not defaulted in making payment of monthly licence fee during the period; has not breached any condition of the licence; and is ready to pay 50 per cent of the rent prevailing market value of the booth in three equated six-monthly installments.

“It is a step forward for the welfare of city residents. This was a long pending demand by persons with disabilities and in our endeavour to rehabilitate the physically challenged,we floated this scheme,” said Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

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