TIRUNELVELI: The Tirunelveli District Welfare Committee for the Physically and Mentally Challenged, chaired by Collector M. Jayaraman has been selected as the best committee in the country for rendering the best services for the welfare of the disabled.
Mr. Jayaraman will receive this national award from President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi during the ‘World Disabled Day’ to be observed on December 3.
It had been estimated that the district was home to 26,303 physically and mentally disabled persons including 3,308 mentally retarded.
The Committee had so far has examined and authorised these disabled persons to benefit from the welfare schemes of the State and Central governments.
During this year alone, the Committee had given the authorisation certificates to 944 physically and mentally disabled persons, the highest number in the entire country.
Apart from this, Tirunelveli district stood apart from other districts in conducting awareness campaigns for safeguarding the welfare of the disabled and distributing benefits under the Nirmaya Health Insurance Scheme for the Disabled to 570 persons.
Under the State Government’s welfare scheme for the disabled, over 4,000 physically challenged and mentally challenged persons in the district were getting the monthly assistance of Rs. 500.
“Considering the stupendous efforts of the Committee headed by the Collector, the Tirunelveli District Welfare Committee for the Physically and Mentally Challenged has been selected for the national award, which will be handed over to the Collector by President of India on December 3 at New Delhi,” an official statement said.
The individual award for serving the disabled was being given to Rev. Fr. Y. Devarajan, founder of South Kallikulam-based Helen Flarity Centre for the Disabled, the statement added.