For distributing a range of welfare assistance
: The district administration had made comprehensive arrangements for distributing a range of welfare measures to the differently abled – right from the National Identity Card to get monthly assistance – by bringing around 25 government departments under one roof here on Tuesday.
Subsequently, top officials, including public health, transport, revenue, backward class welfare, Adi Dravida Welfare, education, employment and training, rural development, District Industries Centre, Lead Bank, Cooperative Bank, Corporation etc., were brought to Florence Swainson Higher Secondary School for the Deaf at Palayamkottai.
After the percentage of deformity was assessed, the beneficiaries’ actual requirement of the physically challenged was fulfilled at the venue itself apart from providing them with the free bus pass and the order for getting monthly assistance of Rs.1,000. At the end of the day, 532 differently-abed persons received Rs. 15.88 lakh-worth assistance from Collector C. Samayamoorthy.
“We’ll organize similar camps in all taluks before March 10,” said Mr. Samayamoorthy.
The Corporation had spent over Rs. 1.50 lakh for making elaborate arrangements for the successful conduct of this camp. “As the camp attracted over 1,000 persons, including the beneficiaries and their assistants, we had to provide them lunch besides creating temporary arrangement for them to wait in a consoling ambience,” said a Corporation official.
Mayor Vijila Sathyananth, chairman of Palayamkottai M. Christhurajan and District Differently-abled Welfare Officer F. Shanthi Glory Emerald were present.
Following are the places for the special camps: Palayamkottai (at Bishop Sargent School for the Mentally Retarded on February 14), Alangulam (Panchayat Union Office, February 16), Tenkasi (Panchayat Union Office, February 19), Shencottai (Panchayat Union Office, February 21), Veerakeralamputhur (Panchayat Union Office, Paavoorchathram, February 23), Ambasamudram (Panchayat Union Office, February 26), Nanguneri (Panchayat Union Office, February 28), Radhapuram (Helen Flarity Differently-abled Welfare Centre, March 2), Sankarankovil (Panchayat Union Office, March 5) and Sivagiri (Panchayat Union Office, Vasudevanallur, March 7) and Maanur (Panchayat Union Office, March 9).
Aspirants should bring along with them ration card, identity card for the disabled, educational qualifications and five passport size photographs.