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As many as 1,160 differently-abled people were given assistance under The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, during 2017-2018, social welfare minister K Beichhua informed the state assembly on Friday. There are two observation homes for differently-abled people of below 18 years -- Bethsaida home at Durtlang and Rephidim home at Laipuitlang, both in Aizawl, Beichhua said while replying to a query from C Lalsawivunga of opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).

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Innovations in social protection financing: Impact Bonds

In a bid to simplify the process of application for old-age and widows pension scheme and the scheme for disabled persons, the department of social justice and empowerment has done away with the separate affidavit for the submission of income certificates. The applicants can henceforth mention the details of income on the main application form. "We made a few changes in the process of applying for the pension scheme. Earlier, the family's income certificate was to be submitted separately in form of an affifavit.

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The Indian law offers benefits to female employees with its Maternity Benefit Act. According to the Act, female workers are entitled to a maximum of 26 weeks of maternity leave. Out of these 26 weeks, eight weeks leave is post-natal leave. A woman with already two or more children is entitled to 12 weeks’ maternity leave.

It may be noted that the Maternity Benefit Act came into being in 1961. However, it was amended in 2017. Prior to the amendment, female employees got 12 weeks of maternity leave which included six weeks of post-natal leaves.

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Could a minimum income scheme lift India out of poverty?

Hailed as one of the largest publicly funded health insurance programs in the world, India’s “Modicare” has, since its launch a little more than six months ago, made universal healthcare coverage an election theme for the first time in the country’s history. In this note, we describe the program, with an emphasis on its better-known secondary and tertiary care component, and offer policy recommendations to strengthen the scheme post-election to enhance its contribution to India’s vision for universal health coverage (UHC).

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Weekly Social Protection Links: May 17

The BJP has worked for providing social security to the people of the country during the last five years. Vipin Parmar, minister for health, Himachal, and in charge of Kangra parliamentary constituency for the BJP, said this while talking to The Tribune today.

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Subsidy of over Rs 12,000 crore has been disbursed to home buyers till March under the government's Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has said in reply to an RTI query. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015, aims to ensure "housing for all by 2022" by providing financial assistance to beneficiaries. 

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The state government has also enhanced the amount for various pensioners under the Aasara scheme. It is becoming difficult for the state government to come up with money to distribute to farmers under its Rythu Bandhu scheme for the Kharif season which starts in June. The government requires about Rs 6,000 crore, as it has increased the investment subsidy from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per year for each farmer. The funds will be distributed at the rate of Rs 5,000 per acre in each season of Kharif and Rabi.

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