Maharashtra government has decided to pay special vehicle allowance to 2,708 of its speech disabled employees, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said in Mumbai on Wednesday.
“The Centre, following a decision of the Supreme Court of 2013, had decided to, by an order of Ministry of Finance, pay a special vehicle allowance to the speech disabled employees. Since then, these employees were requesting the state government to adopt the Centre’s decision and pay them the special vehicle allowance,” Mungantiwar said.
“We have thus decided to pay special vehicle allowance to speech disabled employees of the state government,” he said. The state government, in its government resolution of June 3, 2014 had decided to pay the special vehicle allowance to its employees belonging to the categories of blind, orthopedically disabled and those affected by the back bone disabilities.
However, the GR did not include employees in the category of speech disabled employees. “2708 employees of the state government would be benefited by this decision. I had taken this issue various times in the state Assembly when I was an MLA. Now, I have been able to follow it up successfully,” the minister said.