CUDDALORE: Collector P. Seetharaman inaugurated new buildings of Dhaya, a special school, built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh here on Thursday. The State government had provided Rs. 5 lakh for the construction, and the remaining mobilised through public contributions.
Mr. Seetharaman said that of 28,097 differently abled persons identified in Cuddalore district, 4,408 were mentally challenged. It was a matter of concern that the number of mentally challenged happened to be the highest in the blocks of Vriddhachalam, Nallur, Mangalore and Khammapuram.
A monthly maintenance allowance of Rs. 500 was being given to 2,030 mentally challenged persons, including 23 of 25 students belonging to the Dhaya. A financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh each was also being extended to two more special schools for the mentally challenged located at Chidambaram and Kuravankuppam. Five other schools were given a sum of Rs. 1 lakh each for engaging teachers.
Membership cards for enrollment in the welfare board for differently abled persons had been given away. Mr. Seetharaman said that though he was happy to inaugurate the new school buildings with all amenities, it was his prayer that the number of such persons should not increase further.
The Collector said that funds would not be a constraint in improving facilities at special schools and rendering assistance to the mentally challenged.
Under the Vazhnthu Kattuvom Thittam, fund allocation was being made to endemic areas.
Mr. Seetharaman said that motorised tricycles had been given to 15 differently abled college students in the district. He promised to sanction Rs. 3 lakh from his discretionary funds for laying an approach road to the Dhaya.
He felicitated each of the students and presented them a shawl. He thanked V. Anantharaman for providing rent-free building for the school, R. Venkatesan, for donating Rs 1.5 lakh for the purchase of the new site, and V.Balu for his contributions to buying the pick-up van.
Cuddalore Education Foundation president G.S. Sundaram, vice-president S. Arunachalam, secretary R. Ganapathi, treasurer R. Mahaveermal, trustees K. Thirumalai and S. Srinivasan spoke.