The BMC has decided to provide divyangs (physically disabled) persons electric cycles instead of the hand drawn tricycles that were provided earlier.
The BMC provides these under a scheme launched by the state for financial empowerment of the disabled.
A proposal of Rs 1.81 crore for direct transfer of aid to divyangs will be tabled before the Standing Committee meeting. This time the civic body will give 100 per cent aid for the procurement of electric cycles.
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The Planning Department will invite applications for 454 electric cycles for direct transfer of money to beneficiaries’ accounts. The scheme will cover those having disability of 40 per cent or more. The beneficiaries should be a resident of Mumbai and their annual income should not be more than Rs 3 lakh.
“They can do small business like selling cold drinks, vegetables, biscuit, vada pav with the help of electric cycles,” said an official from the Planning Department.
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