TAMIL NADU

Special camp to assess disabled persons under way

SPECIAL: C. Kamaraj, second from left, Collector, inaugurating a vegetable shop run by the parents of mentally disabled persons at the Anna Nagar uzhavar sandhai in the city on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Ganesan.

SPECIAL: C. Kamaraj, second from left, Collector, inaugurating a vegetable shop run by the parents of mentally disabled persons at the Anna Nagar uzhavar sandhai in the city on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Ganesan.  

: A special camp to assess disabled persons for the purpose of distribution of guardianship certificates is under way here. The camp, inaugurated by the District Collector, C. Kamaraj, on Tuesday, will assess 1000 persons till Friday. The National Trust Act provides for guardianship for persons with four types of disabilities – mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities.

Mr. Kamaraj, in his inaugural address, said that efforts would be made to start self-help groups for the differently abled in all blocks. Mothers of mentally retarded children would also be included in these groups. The district administration, he said, also planned to conduct a job mela for the differently abled soon.

Section 14 of the National Trust Act empowers a local-level committee headed by the District Collector to appoint legal guardians for persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities. A parent or relative or any other registered organisation can apply for guardianship. They must be over 18 years of age on the date of the application. They must be citizens of India and not of any other country even if they may be persons of Indian origin.

They must be of sound mind and not undergoing treatment for mental disorders. They should not have any record of criminal conviction and generally be persons of good reputation. They should not be themselves dependent on others for their livelihood or destitutes themselves.

They should not have been declared as insolvent by any court of law.

The camp is being conducted jointly by the Department of Differently Abled Welfare and M. S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation. K. M. Kanagaraj, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer, and C. Ramasubramanian, State Coordinator, District Mental Health Project, addressed the inaugural session. Guardianship certificates will be distributed during the first week of September.

Recommended for you