Disabled people form welfare society, demand pension increase: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Ludhiana, November 19

A group of physically disabled people held a meeting near Gurdwara Khuhisar in Guru Angad Dev Colony, Ludhiana to discuss the issues they are facing.

In an effort to solve their problems, the group formed their own welfare society, “Sab Eko Noor Divyang Welfare Society”. The chairman of the newly formed society, Sarbjeet Singh, said the problems facing people with physical disabilities have not been solved for a long time. So they formed their own organization to fight for their rights, he added.

People with disabilities are forced to run from pillar to post to find jobs, Sarbjeet said.

Leaders of the newly formed group demanded that the government provide tricycles for the physically disabled. They said

the government should increase the monthly disability pension from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000.

Sarbjeet said a loan of Rs 2 lakh should be given to the disabled without interest. There should be free bus travel facility for people with disability ID card.

The group has also asked the administration to secure a meeting with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann so they can brief him on their demands.

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