Shreshtam scheme for ensuring participation of PwDs in Arts & Sports

Social Justice Department being the nodal agency entrusted for mainstreaming persons with disabilities, is implementing various social welfare programmes for upliftment and rehabilitation of such target population. Chapter (III) Section 16 (1) of the RPwD Act, 2016 mandates the States to ensure equal opportunities for PwDs in sports and recreation activities equally along with others without discrimination.  

Social Justice Department has devised a comprehensive scheme named “Shreshtam” to support persons with disabilities who have showcased special talent and expertise in arts and sporting activities. The objective of the scheme is to ensure access, inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities in the field of arts and sports. This scheme will enable such promising talents to undergo specialized training in State/National Academies/Centres which will help them to fine tune their potential and competence level. 

This scheme will encourage and mainstream the Persons with Disabilities to accomplish great achievements and help them to be self-sufficient. A maximum amount of Rs. 10,000/- will be provided to each beneficiary. The amount will be provided to a total of 10 beneficiaries from each district. 

Eligibility criteria

(1) The annual family income of applicant should be below 1 lakh.

(2) Applicant must be a PwD having 40% or more disability. 

(2) The applicant should be undergoing training from State/National Academies/Centres.

(3) Participants who have showcased their talents in State/ National level championships will be eligible to apply.

Supporting documents

•    Merit certificate
•    Admission details from Academy/Training Centre.
•    Copy of Disability Certificate
•    Copy of Ration card.
•    True copy of bank passbook.

Duly filled application forms along with necessary supporting documents have to be submitted through District Social Justice Offices concerned. 

Target Group

Differently Abled
Beneficiary Details


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