Staff Reporter

Guardians will be deputed for the needy, assures Theni Collector 2,094 persons with various disabilities have been identified in the district

THENI: Financial assistance to the tune of Rs.26.91 lakh has been given for the welfare of 535 disabled persons this year, according to Collector Har Sahay Meena.

Inaugurating a federation of mothers of spastic children in the district at a function at Dharmathupatti village near Bodinaickanur on Tuesday, he said the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities that comes under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has been supporting programmes to promote independence, facilitate guardianship where necessary and addressing concerns of those special persons who did not have family support.

Presently, 2,094 persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities had been identified in the district.

Committee formed

To provide adequate security to them, a special local assistance committee had been constituted. This committee would meet once in three months to discuss the needs and requirements of the disabled.

Guardians would be deputed for the needy. A total of 1,062 disabled persons sought guardians. Guardianship certificate would be issued to persons looking after the disabled. Already, such certificates had been issued to 95 persons and the rest would get it shortly, he said.

The district administration received Rs.12.15 lakh to offer as monthly financial assistance to 150 acutely disabled persons.

Special camps to identify the disabled were being conducted at Cumbum, Periyakulam and Andipatti, he said. District Mental Health Project Coordinator C. Ramasubramaniam and District Rehabilitation Officer S. Mathivanan took part.