KERALA

Scheme for physically challenged persons

Reaching out: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan handing over a tricycle after inaugurating the State-level distribution of aids and appliances to physically challenged persons in Thalassery on Thursday.

Reaching out: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan handing over a tricycle after inaugurating the State-level distribution of aids and appliances to physically challenged persons in Thalassery on Thursday.  

Special Correspondent

Community-based programme to offer training in work skills



To be implemented in Payyannur in the first phase

Local bodies to assist in scheme’s implementation



THALASSERY: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has announced the State government’s decision to launch a community-based rehabilitation scheme for physically and mentally challenged people.

Inaugurating the State-level distribution of aids and appliances to the handicapped as part of the second anniversary of the present Ministry at a function organised by the Kerala Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation here on Thursday, Mr. Balakrishnan said the community-based programme envisaged treatment of the physically- and mentally-challenged peo ple at their residences.

It will offer them training in work skills for their rehabilitation. Assistance of voluntary organisations and local bodies would be ensured for the success of the scheme, he said.

The Home Minister said the police would be instructed to extend assistance to the scheme in areas coming under police stations where the community police system as part of the Janamaithri scheme was implemented, he said. The community-based rehabilitation scheme would be implemented at Payyannur here in the first phase, he said.

The Minister also said that the government had decided to start two more units that manufactured aids and appliances for the handicapped.

At present there is only one unit in the State, he added. The enhanced pension of Rs.200 for the handicapped would be distributed from this financial year itself, he said.

He also called upon the private sector to set apart a certain percentage of job vacancies for the handicapped. Mr. Balakrishnan said 669 physically challenged people had been offered recruitment in government service as part of a government scheme launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the State. A financial assistance scheme that ensured bank loan of Rs.50,000 up to Rs.5 lakh had also been introduced by the government, the Minister said.

Appliances and aids worth Rs.2 crore were being distributed in the districts.

A medical camp was also organised here as part of the function. Thalassery municipal chairman K.P. Raveendran presided over the function. MLAs Ramachandran Kadannapally and K.P. Mohanan and Corporation chairman Uzhavur Vijayan were among those present at the function.

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