‘Dwarfs’ in Haryana to get allowance

September 25th, 2008 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 25 (IANS) Haryana has become the first state in the country to introduce an allowance scheme for dwarfs, an official said Thursday.The scheme, ‘Haryana allowance to dwarfs’, has been implemented under a social welfare initiative of the Haryana government, a spokesman said.

A person whose height is less than 3 feet 4 inches would qualify to be called a dwarf, he said.

Four dwarfs have already been identified under the scheme and were being given an allowance of Rs.300 per month.

He said that a budgetary provision of Rs.3.4 million had been made in the current financial year for the scheme.

To be eligible for the allowance, a claimant would have to be a domicile of Haryana and should be living in the state for over one year. A medical certificate from a competent health authority will be required to prove that the person is a dwarf.

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