Tiruchi district has been at the forefront in the implementation of various welfare programmes for the benefit of the differently abled persons, thanks to the services rendered by service organisations and other institutions.

The selfless services rendered by them have borne rich fruits, with three institutions and two individuals bagging national and state awards on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

District Collector Mahesan Kasirajan honoured them at a brief function held at the Collectorate on Monday

Organisation for Rehabilitation of the Blind in Tiruchi (ORBIT) has bagged the national level award for generating employment opportunities for a maximum number of differently abled, a majority of them visually challenged.

The President, Pratibha Patil presented a cash prize of Rs.50,000, a medal and citation to ORBIT at a function held in New Delhi recently for the above achievement.

S. Dinesh of Spastics Society of Tiruchi got the national award for the best creative award. He received a cash prize of Rs.25,000, medal and citation from the President of India at the same function.

The Spastics Society of Tiruchi bagged the State government's ‘Best Institution Award for 2010' in recognition of its services in the cause of children with cerebral palsy and differently abled persons.

The award carried a citation and a cash of Rs.50,000. The Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi presented the award during the

The state-level best institution award went to Ashadeepam School for Mentally Retarded functioning at Crawford, in the city.

The state-level best teacher award working for the hearing impaired went to Sister Josphine Mary of Dolours School for the Deaf, Ponmalaipatti. Both these awards were presented by M. K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister, at a function held in connection with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

C. A. Raman, District Revenue Officer; R. Shyamala, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer; and C. Shanthakumar, Director of Spastic Society of Tiruchi.