Social Welfare Minister B. Valarmathi handed over awards to differently- abled people on the occasion of World Disability Day function organised by Tamil Nadu Association for the Welfare of the Differently-Abled at St. Thomas Mount cum Pallavaram Cantonment Board Marriage Hall, St. Thomas Mount on Saturday last.

K. Gopinath, general secretary of the association, welcomed the gathering and T.A.P. Varadakutti, president, presided over the programme. Ms. Valarmathi distributed ‘Disabled Achievers Award’ to people who had contributed to the welfare of the differently-abled.

A resolution was passed thanking the State Government for the assistance extended by the Government and a charter of 27 demands, addressed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was handed over to Mr. Valarmathi.

Some of the demands include extension of free bus passes to all categories of the differently-abled, monthly conveyance allowance of Rs. 1,000 paid only to locomotor-disabled people and visually-impaired to be extended to hearing impaired, unfilled reserved seats for the disabled in professional colleges to be allotted to children of the differently-abled, and creation of a special university for them.

K. Kanagaraj, Chairman, Jaya Group of Institutions P. Athianna, north zone vice-president of the association, M.B. Nandakumar, treasurer, A.K. Arunachalam, president of All India Blind Progressive Association and others took part.