BMC to support physically challenged with xerox machines

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated a proposal to create self employment opportunities for the physically challenged people, by providing them with xerox machines. BMC is going to spend Rs 3 crore on this proposal. The joint commissioner for Planning will handle the applications for distribution of the machines, which they will complete by 2019.

A proposal was passed in the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday, according to which, 300 xerox machines are to be provided to 300 candidates who have a domicile certificate, basically residing in Maharashtra for 15 years. There are certain norms for eligible candidates who wish to apply for this scheme. To avail the benefits of this scheme, the candidates should be minimum18-years-old and not more than 60-years-old. The annual income of the candidates should not be more than Rs one lakh and should have a disability certificate showing 40 per cent of disability, approved by All India Institute of Physical and Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Since only 300 xerox machines will be distributed, the selection process will done through a lottery system. Candidates have to submit their application forms with their documents, Aadhaar card, Pan card and yellow or orange ration cards. The cost of the machine is approximately Rs 95,000, of which BMC will give Rs 90,250 and the candidate has to pay the remaining Rs 4,750. Prior to this, the BMC had distributed three-tyre scooters to physically challenged people. They received a good response and still receiving applications for it.

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