: The Virudhunagar district administration has been asked to identify differently-abled persons in each 450 panchayats and take steps to provide jobs to them under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Reviewing the welfare assistance being implemented for the differently-abled persons in the district here on Tuesday, Secretary to Department of Welfare of Differently Abled, Kannegi Packianathan, said that the district had 22,600 differently-abled persons.

Stating that the Centre was very appreciative about involving a large number of differently-abled persons in the scheme, she said such disadvantaged persons could get Rs. 132 as wages a day if they assist the workers. Coordinators would be appointed to identify the differently-abled persons.

This would help the administration to identify them at the block-level and provide them welfare assistance, she said.

The Government has asked the administration to provide vocational training to 75 differently-abled persons in each district with the help of ITI and voluntary agencies.

The differently-abled persons would get an additional five per cent subsidy from the District Industrial Centre for self-employment ventures. The cooperative banks would provide interest-free loans. The unemployed persons were being given assistance. These people were given concession in bus travel. The government was providing maintenance assistance for mentally retarded children.

She stressed the role of NGOs in getting the welfare assistance for the differently-abled persons.