TIRUNELVELI: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon distributed welfare measures to differently-abled beneficiaries at a special camp held at Helen Plarity Rehabilitation Centre at South Kallikulam in the district on Friday.
The camp was organised with the objective of identifying the actual number of differently-abled persons in Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts so that their real needs could be ascertained.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Napoleon informed that Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Vasnik had urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to substantially increase the allocation for his department so that assistance could be extended to every differently-abled person in the country.
The Minister heaped encomiums on Collector M. Jayaraman for having won the ‘Best Collector Award' from President Pratiba Patil for serving the differently-abled persons in the best possible fashion.
“Of the 600 districts in the country, Mr. Jayaraman has been selected as the best Collector; it shows his concern for the poor, particularly the physically and mentally challenged,” Mr. Napoleon noted.
Mr. Jayaraman informed that of the 1,425 differently-abled persons participating in the camp, 375 persons would get calipers and 253 others would get artificial limbs within a month, as directed by Mr. Napoleon.
District Differently-abled Rehabilitation Officer T. Manohar, founder of Helen Plarity Rehabilitation Centre Rev. Fr. Devaraj and others participated.