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Central Sector Scheme of “Support for Establishment/ Modernization/Capacity Augmentation of Braille Presses”

In pursuance of the provisions under  Article 41 of the Constitution, the Central Sector Scheme of “Support for Establishment/ Modernization/Capacity Augmentation of Braille Presses” was started in the year 2014-15 to provide the Braille material and literature to the Persons with Visual Disabilities in India.From the year 2020-21, it has become part of “Scheme for Implementation of Persons’ with Disabilities Act (SIPDA)”.

Under the Braille Press scheme financial assistance has been provided to 27 Braille Presses (Establishment of New Braille Presses-12, Modernized Braille presses-12 and Capacity Augmented of old Braille Presses – 03) in various States. Apart from non recurring grant for setting up of new Braille Presses and Modernization/Capacity augmentation of existing Braille Presses, recurring grant has also been provided to the Braille Presses as per norms @Rs. 1.50/- (later revised to Rs. 2/- per page). Recurring financial assistance has been provided to 16 Braille Presses during operation of the existing scheme over the last seven years. These Braille Presses are supported for recurring grants for printing and providing text books and other course materials to the visually impaired school going children across the country.

The Objectives of the Scheme is to establish new Braille Presses in the state where strong organization are already present; to establish  small scaled Braille printing presses in UTs and to modernize  old Braille presses using traditional  and low speed printing.

2.         Under the Braille Press Scheme, the Department does not receive the proposal directly from the organizations/agencies for release of grant-in-aid. The same are routed through National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (NIEPVD), Dehradun.

3.         Details of Grant-in-aid released to implementing agencies through Nodal Agency i.e. NIEPVD, Dehradun during the last five years.

 

Year

BE

(Rs. In crore)

RE

(Rs. In crore)

Actual Expenditure

(Rs. In crore)

Non-Recurring

Recurring

Total

2016-17

Rs. 9.10

Rs. 9.10

8.39

0.74

9.13

2017-18

Rs. 10.00

Rs. 10.00

4.29

2.32

6.61

2018-19

Rs. 10.00

Rs. 10.00

4.79

2.77

7.56

2019-20

Rs. 8.00

Rs. 3.60

0.86

-

0.86

2020-21

Rs. 6.00

Rs. 4.00

1.07

4.08

5.15

Total

19.40

9.91

29.31

 

These 27 implementing agencies are funded under the Braille Press scheme since inception of the scheme:

Sr. No.

Address of the Braille Presses

Category

  1.  

Composite Regional Centre For Persons With Disabilities (CRC), NIEPVD, Himachal Pradesh

Establishment of New Braille Presses:

 

  1.  

Andhra Pradesh Viklangula Co-Operative Corporation (APVCC), Hyderabad

  1.  

Social Welfare Department, Government Braille Press,

Directorate Of Social Welfare, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

  1.  

Printing And Stationary Department, Shilong, Meghalaya

  1.  

Shubham Braille Press, Muzaffarpur, Bihar

 

  1.  

Shri NavchetanAndhjan Mandal, Guajrat

  1.  

Blind Persons’ Association, Kolkata

  1.  

The National Association For Welfare Of Physically Handicapped (NAWPH), Amravati, Maharashtra

  1.  

Social Welfare Department, Aizwal, Mizoram

  1.  

Central Braille Press, National Institute For The Empowerment Of Persons With Visual Disabilities (Divyangjan), Rajpur, Dehradun

Modernization of existing Braille Presses:

 

  1.  

Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh, Jaipur, Rajasthan

  1.  

Ramakrishna Mission Regional Braille Press, Kolkata, West Bengal

  1.  

Mitra Jyothi, Bangalore, Karnataka

  1.  

Social Welfare Department, Government Braille Press, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh

  1.  

Telangana Viklangula Cooperative Cooperation, Telangana, Hyderabad

  1.  

Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. Braille Press, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

  1.  

National Association For The Blind Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  1.  

National Association For The Blind Mumbai, Maharastra

  1.  

Kerala Federation Of The Blind, ,Thiruvannantahpuram Kerala

  1.  

Red Cross School For The Blind, Behrampur, Odisha

  1.  

Regional Braille Press, NIEPVD Regional Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Capacity Augmentation of Braille Presses:

 

  1.  

National Federation Of The Blind, Bahadurgarh, Haryana

  1.  

All India Confederation Of The Blind, Delhi

 

Last Updated: 06-07-2021