International Day of the Differently Abled observed
Generating employment opportunities for differently abled persons is high on the list of priorities of the district administration, said the Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik here on Thursday.
She was participating as the chief guest to observe the International Day of the Differently Abled organised by the Department of Differently Abled Persons Welfare.
Pointing out that the main demand of differently abled persons in the district now was employment, she said that banks had been requested to honour all applications for financial assistance submitted by such persons so that they could be self employed.
Efforts were being made to set aside space in municipal shopping complexes for eligible differently abled persons, she added.
Referring to a long standing demand of the differently abled community here to relocate the office of the Department of Differently Abled Persons Welfare to a suitable place, Ms. Patnaik said that the possibility of converting a part of the Government Deaf School on the Government Botanical Garden road here into an office was being explored.
She said that 10,213 people in the Nilgiris now possessed National Identity cards. She acknowledged the role of various non governmental and service organisations and parents of differently abled persons in supplementing the efforts of the district administration in extending a helping hand to them.
A request of the differently abled for a monthly grant of Rs. 3,000 had been conveyed to the government.
Since the differently abled persons were finding it difficult to use the regular tri-cycles on account of the hilly terrain, a recommendation for giving motorised tri-cycles had been made to the government.
The Udhagamandalam Municipal Council Chairperson, K. Sathyabama, said that the focus of the government was on health and education and added that a number of schemes were being implemented exclusively for the differently abled.
The principal, JSS College of Pharmacy, K. Elango said that concerted efforts should be made to unearth hidden talent among the differently abled persons.
The District Panchayat Chairperson A. Menaka spoke.
The District Differently Abled Welfare Officer R. Victor Maria Joseph welcomed the gathering. Sewing machines, hearing aids, and wheel chairs were distributed during the occasion.