A museum on differently abled would be set up in Chennai at a cost of Rs. 1 crore, Social Welfare Minister B. Valarmathi said on Wednesday.

Replying to a debate in the Assembly on the demands for grants of the departments of Social Welfare, Nutritious Meal Programme and Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, the Minister said the proposed museum would spread awareness among people about differently abled and early detection and treatment of their health problems besides providing training to such persons.

A model centre for persons afflicted with muscular dystrophy would be established in Chennai at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh. This would help create awareness among parents of such persons about the gravity of the disease.

Hereafter, 200 differently abled persons would be trained in multimedia course and digital photography. A sum of Rs. 21 lakh had been earmarked for this purpose. Till now, the number of trainees was 50.

Ms. Valarmathi said that in the case of an employment scheme where differently abled beneficiaries were being given bank loans with 15 per cent subsidy, they had to contribute five per cent. The government decided to bear the burden of beneficiary contribution. For this purpose, a sum of Rs. 50 lakh had been set apart.

In another scheme wherein they were provided financial assistance for setting up micro enterprises, two amounts of subsidy – Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 5,000 - were being given. Merging the two, the government would, from now onwards, give Rs. 10,000 towards subsidy.

Solar energy would be provided to 23 government special homes for differently abled at a cost of Rs. 18.9 lakh, the Minister added.