Maharashtra government has decided to take the responsibility of those studying in the schools for the disabled children even after the age of 18 if they do not have parents/guardians to look after them.
In response to a question asked asked by Kapil Patil in the Legislative Council, Minister of State for Social Justice Dilip Kamble said these children are at present allowed to study in these schools till they turn 18. “But now even after they cross this age the state government will take the responsibility,” he said.
The government will soon come out with a policy to permanently solve the problem of erratic payment of salaries of teachers of these schools, he added.
Raising the issue of autistic children, NCP’s Hemant Takle said the state provides no facilities for them. “There are no facilities for autistic children. We do not even know for sure how many autistic children are there in the state. The government does not even provide aid for schools for autistic children,” he said.
The minister assured that the government officials will consult educationalists and come out with a policy. “We are also thinking of providing special teachers in all the schools which teach autistic children,” Kamble said.
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