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Special medical camps to identify differently abled

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State gesture:Collector N. Venkatachalam distributing prizes to differently abled children at a programme in Dindigul.— PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN.
State gesture:Collector N. Venkatachalam distributing prizes to differently abled children at a programme in Dindigul.— PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN.

: Ten special medical camps will be held at union offices to identify eligible differently abled persons and provide aid and financial assistance to them, said Collector N. Venkatachalam.

He was addressing a special training programme for differently abled persons here recently.

The special camps will be held at panchayat union offices to identify eligible differently abled persons at a particular time and on particular date. The first camp will be held on March 28 at Dindigul panchayat union office, March 29 at Nilakottai tahsildar office, April 3 at Batlagundu PU office, April 7 at Natham taluk office, April 10 at Gujiliamparai union, April 12 at Vedasandur union, April 17 at Athoor union, April 19 at Kodaikanal union and April 21 at Palani union offices.

Having realised the importance of welfare measures to differently abled persons, the MLAs and MPs had agreed to sanction Rs.55 lakhs from their constituency development fund for executing welfare schemes to differently abled persons.

Beneficiaries selected from these camps will be eligible for availing aid and equipment under MLA and MP Constituency Development Schemes, he added.

The district administration had distributed national identity cards to 22,389 beneficiaries so far. Besides, financial assistance of Rs.1,000 to 2,644 mentally retarded children, educational assistance to 699 students was extended. NGOs and voluntary organisations too should help identify maximum number of beneficiaries and take these schemes to many eligible differently abled persons in the district.

Aid given

Earlier, Collector distributed welfare aid worth Rs.28.12 lakhs to 280 beneficiaries at the mass contact programme held at Lingavadi in Natham block. He also said that service centre was set up in each block to rectify defects in priceless grinders, mixies and fans.

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