D. Napoleon, the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, distributed electric motor scooters to 18 differently abled persons, including four women, all worth Rs. 12 lakh at a function held here on Thursday.
The project was implemented in collaboration with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) under its Corporate Social Responsibility venture and the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIMHANS) under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The project aims at the empowerment of differently abled persons and to facilitate their mobility without depending on others. These scooters could be charged for six to eight hours a day and can run 50 kms a day at a maximum speed of 25 kms per hour. Mr. Napoleon explained the programmes implemented by his Ministry for the benefit of the differently abled. He also distributed sewing machines to four women .
Hemalatha Annamalai, Managing Director of the Ampere Vehicles Private Limited, Coimbatore, that had manufactured these electric motor scooters, was present. The personnel of the Ampere Vehicles will impart training to 18 beneficiaries on using and maintenance of the new vehicles.
Neeradha Chandramohan, Director, NIMHANS, Chennai, said that the electric motor scooters have been certified for their safety standards . The NIMHANS has proposed to implement this project in a phased manner all over the country, Dr. Neeradha added. S. Gurumoorthy, Rehabilitation Officer, NIMHANS, and other officials were present .