Steps have been taken, says Social Welfare Minister

Social Welfare Minister B. Valaramathi on Wednesday told the Assembly that steps had been taken to ensure that physically challenged persons get darshan in the temples managed by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department.

Responding to Alagaapuram R. Mohan Raj (DMDK), she said her department had communicated to the HR&CE department to keep adequate facilities for the disabled persons well within the ahamic principles.

“Once they reach the thuvajasthampam (flag post), there will be wheel chairs to take them inside the temple to get dharahan,” she said.

When many members, including Mr. Mohanraj, Dr K. Krishnasamy and N.R. Rangarajan, complained that Rs. 5 lakh allotted to the welfare of differently-abled from the MLA constituency development fund had not yet reached the beneficiaries even after two years, Municipal Administration Minister K.P. Munsamy promised to look into the issue. “We would advise the district Collectors to take steps in this regard,” he said.

Thangam Thennarasu (DMK)) complained that Rs. 10 lakh had been taken from constituency development fund for gas connections to Anganwadis without their knowledge.

“This should be announced in the House so that members will know about it. Since the scheme is implemented without intimating us, we are not able to allot money for other welfare schemes,” he alleged.