District Disability Rehabilitation Centres

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Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment has recently stated that the Union government is “somewhat casual” in its approach to complete District Disability Rehabilitation centres (DDRC).

About DDRC:

  • It is an initiative by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, to facilitate comprehensive services to Persons with Disabilities in the rural areas. 
  • It is a joint venture of Central and State Governments wherein Central Government will establish, initiate, implement the centre for three years involving funding for man power contingencies as well as required equipments and coordination. 
  • State Government will provide provision for rent free, well connected building, basic infrastructure, furniture, monitoring and coordination of activities through District Management Team (DMT) Chaired by the District Collector and also identification of implementing agency.
  • These centres are run jointly by District Management Team headed by DM/Collector and a reputed NGO (Usually Indian Red Cross Society).
  • To upscale their services, a MODEL DDRC has been conceptualised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons With Disability in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Government of India.
  • Nine such model DDRCs, namely- Badaun, Pilibhit, Barielly, Balaghat, Golaghat, Ahmedabad, Amravati , Kullu and Rampur have been upgraded to MODEL DDRC level in the first phase.


Q1) How are the DDRCs funded?

DDRCs are funded under Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) from 2020-21 under which grants are released to State Governments and various other bodies, set up by the Central and State Governments to support various activities for the welfare of disabled. 


Q2) When were the DDRCs established?

From the year 1999-2000, the District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) were established with active support from the State Governments.


Source: The Hindu