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The State is bounded by the bay in the east, West Bengal in the north-east, Bihar in the north, Madhya Pradesh in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. Situated on the coast along the Bay of Bengal, Orissa stands for its ancient glory and modern endeavour. Endowed with nature’s bounty, a 482 km stretch of coastline with virgin beaches, serpentine rivers, mighty waterfalls, forest-clad blue hills of Eastern Ghats with rich wild life, Orissa is dotted with exquisite temples, historic monuments as well as pieces of modern engineering feat. The name Orissa is derived from the Sanskrit Odra Vishaya or Odra Desa. Both Pali and Sanskrit Literatures mention the Odra people as Oddaka and Odrah, respectively.

According to Census 2001, total population of Orissa is 36,804,660, out of this 1021335 persons are living with disability. Department of Women and Child Development is the concerned authority for the welfare of Person with Disability in Orissa.





  • Orissa Disability Pension (ODP) is a State Government initiative and was introduced in 1984 on the 2nd of October.
  • To provide sustenance allowance for the persons with disabilities.
  • The beneficiaries receive an amount of Rs.100/- per month as pension.
  • The amount has been enhanced to Rs.200/- p.m per beneficiary in March 2006-07.
  • Persons who are five years of age or above and are totally blind, Orthopaedically handicapped, mentally retarded or affected by cerebral palsy are covered under this scheme.
  • Maximum income of the family is Rs.11,000/- per anuum.

Budget Provision

  • During 2005-06, there was a budget provision of Rs.1580.00 lakhs under Non Plan for the scheme.

Coverage target

  • The target under this scheme was 1,25,000 w.e.f. 1.7.2005.


Special School funded by State Govt.

This is a State Govt. Scheme which is aimed at providing free education to visually impaired, hearing impaired and mentally challenged children in Special Schools having specially-trained teachers through Non-Govt. Organisations. The registered Non-Govt. Organizations recognized by the State Govt. to run the schools are provided grant-in-aid for running these schools.

Nos. of Schools
The Scheme has been operating in the State since 1985. At present there are 50 Special Schools in the State which are being run by Non-Govt. Organisations/Voluntary Organisations with grant-in-aid from the State Government. Of these 50 schools, 18 schools are for visually impaired children, 21 for the hearing impaired and 11 schools are for mentally challenged children.
The total student strength in these institutions is 2939, while the staff strength (both teaching and non-teaching) is 620.

Budget Provision
A provision of Rs.90.00 lakhs under the State Plan has been made during 2006-07 for this Scheme.

Special School funded by Govt. of India
Twenty-five(25) Special Schools with 1037 students are being run in the State by NGOs/Voluntary Organizations with grant-in-aid from the Govt. of India.


Vocational Training Centre funded by State Govt. Objective
To train adult disabled persons in some profitable trades/ crafts so as to make them capable of earning their livelihood.

No. of VTCs
A present four Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) have been established with funding by the State Govt. Three VTCs are run by the respective Association, viz.

  • Orissa Association for the Blind (for the visually impaired);
  • Orissa Association for the Deaf (for the hearing impaired) and
  • Orissa Association for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (for the orthopaedically handicapped).

One VTC is being run by the Mahila Vikas Sambaya Nigam. 141 persons are trained in these Centres every year .

Budget Provision

  • Rs. 8.00 lakh is proposed in the Annual Plan for 2006-2007 under the Scheme.

Vocational Training Centre funded by Govt. of India

  • Vocational Training Centres are being run in the State by different NGOs with funding from the Govt. of India to the extent of Rs.44.27 lakhs per annum.


Aids and appliances are being provided to physically challenged persons in cases where there is need for aids/appliances. Suitable aids/appliances will enable a child to go to school, an adult to get employment and disabled persons to become active and mobile. Aids and appliances like tricycles, blind sticks, crutches, hearing aids and wheelchairs are being provided to physically challenged persons according to following criteria:

  • free of cost whose monthly income is Rs.5000/
  • at a 50% discount whose monthly income between Rs.5000/- – 8000/- per month.
  • pay the full cost whose monthly income exceeds Rs.8000/-

In order to provide aids and appliance to a large number of disabled persons, an Action Plan was prepared by the Deptt. in consultation with Govt. of India agencies like NIRTAR and ALIMCO and organisations like the Indian Red Cross Society and DRC. Since all these Agencies receive grant-in-aid from the Govt. of India under the ADIP Scheme for distribution of aids and appliances, the funds received by them for operation of this scheme in Orissa and some other States were specifically apportioned by the Department for this State.

Sl. No. Name of Agency Area of operation
1 2 3
1 NIRTAR District of Balasore, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Deogarh Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Sonepur Jharsuguda and Sundargarh
2 ALIMCO District of Boudh, Gajapati, Ganjam, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Nawarangpur, Phulbani and Rayagada.
3 DRC Nil
4 IRCS District of Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Puri, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur.

During 2005-06, 126.83 lakh was spent to cover 5114 beneficiary. Agency wise achievement is given below:


The State Govt. introduced the scheme during the year 1978-79 . Under the Scheme, the State Govt. are sanctioning scholarships to disabled children who are studying in the normal schools from the primary level upto the University level including those pursuing technical and vocational education. The State Govt. is granting scholarships to the students at prescribed rates through the DSWOs.

Besides the above, the in-plant trainees of the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (VRC) Bhubaneswar are also getting stipend from this Department out of the Budget provision made under the head “ scholarship/ stipend to disabled students”.

Revised rates of scholarship

The rates of scholarship provided to disabled students studying in different classes have been
revised w.e.f. December 2002 after a period of 24 years and the rates have gone up by three to five
times of the earlier rates. The old and the revised rates of scholarship are as follows:

Inside the State
Previous Rate Revised Rate a) Primary School (Class I to V) Rs.20/- p.m. Rs.100/- p.m. b) Middle and High School (Class VI to VII and VIII to X) Rs.40/- p.m. Rs.140/- p.m. c) College (+2 and +3 level) Rs.60/- p.m. Rs.160/- p.m. d) College (PG level) Rs.60/- p.m. Rs.190/- p.m. e) Technical and Vocational Training Rs.60/- p.m. Rs.190/- p.m.

Outside the State
Students pursuing normal course of studies in technical and Rs.190/- p.m. vocational field not available in the State.
(This has been introduced for the first time)
For of blind students
Previous Rate Revised Rate a) Primary School (Class I to V) Rs.15/- p.m. Rs.30/- p.m b) Middle School (Class VI to VII) Rs.20/- p.m. Rs.60/- p.m c) High School (Class VIII to X) Rs.30/- p.m. Rs.60/- p.m. d) Other studies Rs.30/- p.m. Rs.60/- p.m.

● Under this Scheme, 4963 disabled students were benefited during the year 2004-05.

Budget Provision
● A provision of Rs.30.00 lakhs from State Plan and Rs.12.40 lakhs from Non Plan are proposed under this scheme during 2006-2007


Three Training Centres for teachers of the handicapped are operating in the State in collaboration with the respective National Institutes viz.

  • National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Dehradun;
  • National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (NIHH), Mumbai and
  • National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH), Secundarabad on a 40:60 funding basis.
The Training Centre for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped (TCTVH) is running in collaboration with the NIVH, the Training Centre for the Mentally Retarded (TCMR) in collaboration with the NIMH for training the teachers for mentally retarded students and the Training Centre for the Teachers of the Deaf (TCTD) in collaboration with the NIHH for training the teachers for students with hearing impairment.
In the TCTVH, the intake capacity is 25, while in the TCTD and TCMR, the capacity is 20 each. Thus, annually, 65 trained teachers qualify in the State to act as Special Educators in the Special Schools. There was a provision of Rs.3.60 lakhs in the State Non-Plan Budget for 2006-07 for these three Training Centres.


The Scheme has following objective:
● To create secure and supportive environment for the Cerebral Palsy/ Spastic/ MR children to acquire skills and ideas by way of counseling, awareness and training programme to both children, parents, social activists.

Implementing Agency
● Implemented through “Open Learning Systems”, a Bhubaneswar based NGO with financial support from the State as well as the Central Government.

Budget Provision
● A sum of Rs.1.50 lakhs had been provided for this Scheme in the Budget for 2006-07.


In order to provide social security and financial assistance to cured leprosy patients, the State Govt. have a scheme for rehabilitation of cured leprosy patients.

Implementing Agency funded by State Govt.
● Hind Kushta Nivaran Sangha (HKNS) and Dayashram, Cuttack. These 2 organisations are imparting vocational training to cured leprosy patients in different trades.

Financial support
  • Financial assistance is being provided by the State Government to these organisations for
    maintenance of the trainees.
  • During 2006-07 Annual Plan, Rs.10.00 lakhs has been proposed under the State Plan .
NGOs funded by Govt. of India
Government of India are also providing financial assistance to some NGOs for providing vocational training for rehabilitation of cured leprosy patients. 6 such Centres are functioning in the State.


In pursuance of the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999. Local Level Committees have been constituted in all the 30 districts after being duly approved by the National Trust. The Collector in each district is the Chairman of the Local Level Committee. The Local Level Committees are to look into the welfare of the persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities. These Committees will also facilitate implementation of the Trust’s schemes and appoint guardians for the persons belonging to these categories of disability.

Ten Voluntary Organisations/NGOs are registered with the National Trust for implementing the Trust’s schemes for providing social security as well as developmental support to this marginalized section among the persons with disabilities.


The Persons With Disabilities Act,1995, make its mandatory on the part of the State Govt. and local authorities to provide ramps in public buildings, hospitals and health care institutions etc. Department have made concerted efforts to create a barrier-free environment for disabled persons.

To begin with, ramps had been provided at different entry points in the State Secretariat and in all the District Collectorates. A large number of public office buildings such as Tahasils and Blocks, Banks, Hospitals etc., have constructed ramps at the entrance. Instructions have also been issued to the appropriate Govt. Departments/Heads of Deptts/Authorities to provide ramps in the Hospitals/PHCs, educational institutions, State museum, Libraries, Information Centres, Science Parks, animation, tourist spots, places of worship, Banks etc. to construct ramps for the convenience of the disabled. 507 ramps and 207 handrails have been constructed in primary schools where disabled children are studying. The Works Deptt. have also been advised to incorporate the special features/designs circulated by the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI in the plans of all new Govt. buildings for creating barrier-free access to persons with disabilities. Continued efforts are being made by the Deptt. to make more and more public buildings and spaces barrier-free and disabled-friendly.

An Access Audit Team has been constituted to conduct access audit of the public buildings and places.


This is a Central Plan Scheme funded entirely by the Government of India. Under this Scheme,

comprehensive rehabilitation services are to be provided right from the Gram Panchayat level to the State Headquarters in a four-tier structure. This is to ensure decentralized availability of services through local capacity building. The Scheme is being implemented initially in 3 districts, namely, Sambalpur, Kalahandi and Khurda in which a District Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) has been established where composite rehabilitation services will be made available such as assessment, fitment, follow-up and repair of assistive devices for persons with different types of disability. These Centres will also promote early detection and prevention of disabilities and provide vocational training to the disabled which would enable them to find gainful employment.

At the State Level, a State Institute of Disability Rehabilitation (SIDR) has been established by upgrading the existing DRC in order to provide, effective rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. This would be the apex institution for providing a complete package of welfare services for the disabled population and specialized rehabilitation services at the State level and shall also be responsible for training of rehabilitation professionals both at the State level and the district level.

54 ICDS Supervisors have been in the 3 districts to work as Multipurpose Rehabilitation Workers (MRWs) at the Block level and 1010 Anganwadi workers are working Community Based Rehabilitation Worker (CBRWs) at the G.P. level. They have been trained to take up the job under the programme. 23 professionals of different facilities have been engaged in the DDRCs at Khurda, Kalahandi and Sambalpur.

The Government of India have sanctioned an amount of Rs.379.40 lakhs to implement the scheme at the State Level and in the 3 Districts.


Window of Hope for differentially abled, Orissa

Subject area  -Access to service and coverage.

Objective-Access to quality services and other benefits under different schemes



Mayurbhanj, the biggest district of Orissa is a land-locked district with a total geographical area of 10,418 and is situated in the Northern boundary of the state. This district is dominated by tribals with the main occupation being agriculture related. State commitments for the differentially able due to elaborate legal and policy pronouncements get postponed due to cumbersome procedure and inability of the intended beneficiaries to access promised benefits. The magnitude multiplies when the victims are from impoverished rural and tribal families for want of resources to compensate the loss. A differentially abled person has to collect an income certificate from the Tahsildar, based on that a disability certificate from the Chief Medical Officer of the district and further an Identity card from the District Social Welfare Officer. This expensive, lengthy and painful process is necessary to be eligible for earmarked benefits like employment under disability quota, credit, subsidy and training, allotments for home/shops pension, aids and appliances as well as travel concessions from different sources.



To give a new ray of hope for the differentially abled, the District administration Mayurbhanj planned a ‘Single Window Initiative’. As a first step, it issued authentic certificates from competent authority to each genuine beneficiary by facilitating a smooth and speedy completion of prescribed formalities. “Single Window System” that provided all these facilities under a single roof on a single date at block levels:

Distribution of Disability Certificates

Distribution of Income Certificates

Distribution of Fare concession Certificates

Distribution of Identity Cards Identification to beneficiaries for distribution of aids and appliances and corrective surgery where required.

Earlier, ordinarily, children were identified through camps organized by DPEP / SSA to provide aids and appliances. Similarly, the CDMO would hold fortnightly camp in the District Headquarter Hospital to identify the differentially abled. The unique approach of converging the two departments enabled identification of children as well as elderly within a short period.The initiative targets universal access to quality services and all other benefits under different schemes. This has been made possible by decentralised service delivery strategies backed by convergence of concerned departments, philanthropic organisations, clients, Panchayats and civil society institutions.

The strategies adopted for implementing the initiative/system was done in three steps (Document attached)

Results: The obvious results are observed in terms of comparison between the earlier systems of issuing cards against the present system. The following table shows the comparison between the previous and the present system:

Previous System Present System

·Costs for travel to distant offices· Reducing the hardship and inconvenience

.Frequent visits to get the work done Reducing geographical distance in terms of service delivery

·Wage loss for the companion· Reducing cost and time involved to access the service

.Payment of bribe Eliminating red-tapism and associated corruption.

·Harassment at various level Convergence of various agencies contributing to convenience and efficiency

Better coverage of target groups under various schemes.

As compared to the data of achievement regarding issue of handicapped certificates for the last 5 years, the results of the single window camp are given below:

Year (January to December) No. Of Handicapped Certificate Issued

2000 109

2001 707

2002 835

2003 1473

2004 1815

2005 872 (upto Nov. 05)

Total 5811

Single Window assessment Camp

Dec. 05 6451

One of the major results achieved through this initiative is the ‘17 days’ approach, i.e. issuing the cards within this time frame. An equal number of income certificates and Bus Concession certificates were also issued. Aids and appliances are being distributed to the identified beneficiaries. Apart from this measures have also been taken for Cataract Surgery, Cleft lip correction and Polio Corrective surgery.

Cost-   Depends on the beneficiaries.

Place-            Mayurbhanj District, Orissa

Time- to set up          Three months


1. Reducing hardship to procure the respective certificates

2. Reducing cost and time involved to access the services

3. Eliminating red-tapism and corruption

4. Better coverage of target groups under various schemes

Challenges            Complete and constant involvement of Collector and District Social         Welfare Officer

Prerequisites Budgetary allocation for the differentially abled persons in various schemes including Sarva Siksha Abhiyan/DPEP

Who needs to be consulted- District Administration, BDOs, Revenue Inspector, Tahsildar, CDMO, CDPO, RTO, Red Cross Society, Anganwadi Worker, Teachers and NGOs

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Sustainability Depends on budgetary allocation

Chances of Replication     Can be replicated

Comments     None

References   Links to Image

Further material available on request

1. Short description about the programme

2. Minutes of proceeding of the meeting for the identification and medical assessment for    the programme

3. Video Clipping of the Single Window Programme advertised for publicity

4. Strategies adopted for implementing the programme

Contact for further information    Sri Jalandhara Mandal

District Coordinator, IED (Integrated Education for Disabled).

DPEP/ SSA,Mayurbhanj,


Ph: 06792-260865

Fax: 06792-252221

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