Bhubaneswar, Dec 3:
The Odisha government has extended the subsidised rice scheme to cover persons with 60 percent disability.
Making an announcement to this effect in the State Assembly here on Tuesday, Women and Child Development minister Usha Devi said the state government had decided to extend the benefits of 10 kg rice at the rate of Rs 1 per kg to persons having 60 percent disability.
Earlier, the benefits under the scheme were available only to persons with 75 percent disability or more.
The minister congratulated the Cuttack district administration on being awarded as the best district across the country in providing rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities.
The district administration received the award from the President of India on the occasion of International Day for Disability.