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Young Boy With ‘Albinism’ Needs Disability Pension

Written by KashmirUnheard

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Article By: Nusrat Ali

Muzamil Mushtaq, a 15-year-old boy from Pulwama, is suffering from Albinism. He has been declared 60% disabled by J&K health department.

Albinism is a rare group of genetic disorders that cause the skin, hair, or eyes to have little or no color. Albinism is also associated with vision problems. One in 17,000 people in the world is born with Albinism. About 100,000 to 200,000 people in India have this condition.

Muzamil is a student of the 10th standard at Government high school Kamrazipora Pulwama. His father, a poor laborer is unable to meet the medicine and other expenses of his son. As per Muzamil’s father, the government is not supporting him by any means, he went from pillar to post to get some benefits for his son from the government, but all in vain.

According to Indira Gandi National Disability Pension Scheme – IGNDPS, a centrally sponsored scheme, Muzamil is entitled to get 1000 INR as disability pension but Social welfare department has not provided him till date despite having a disability certificate.

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