TAMIL NADU

Welfare assistance distributed

BOOSTING THEIR MORALE: The Minister for Industries, Nainar Nagendran, extreme right, flagging of the rally for the disabled at Melappalayam near Palayamkottai on Saturday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.  

Tamil Nadu Bureau

Tuticorin: The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Anitha R Radhakrishnan, distributed welfare assistance to 28 physically challenged persons, at a function held here on Saturday to mark the World Disabled Day.

He gave away subsidy-linked bank loans to the tune of Rs 1.97 lakhs , to Jayaseelan, Laser, S. Gandhi, Victoria, Njanaprabhu, Vasantha, Kingston, Mansoor, Martin, Ayyaperumal, Karuppasamynadar and Kappulakshmi. The beneficiaries hail from Tuticorin, Kovilpatti, Srivaikundam and Ottapidaram areas.

While, three persons, Murugan of Perurani, Balraj of Keezhathattaparai and Muthulakshmi of Tuticorin, received free bus passes from the Minister, three others got artificial limbs from Mr Radhakrishnan.

The Minister disbursed Braille watches, each piece worth Rs 350, to Petchimuthu, Selvi, Neelavathi, Murugan and M Raja.

Antonysamy, who hails from Thaneerpandhal, received subsidy linked bank loan to the tune of Rs 25,000, to establish a petty shop in his native.

Delivering his address, Karuna Chellaiah, surgical chiropodist, Society Care for Handicapped, said about 10 per cent of the country's population was disabled, which was worrisome.

Of the total disabled population across the country, he said 51 per cent had physical disability, about 28 per cent had hearing disability, 11 per cent blind, 8 per cent mentally challenged and the rest were carrying multiple disabilities.

The Project Officer of Mahilar Thittam, S Mayilerumperumal, the Collector, V. Chandrasekaran, and the District Rehabilitation Officer, Shanti E. Glory, were present.

Tirunelveli

A rally by the physically challenged was organised at Melapalayam near Palayamkottai on Saturday in view of the World Disabled Day.

Flagging off the rally, the Minister for Industries, Nainar Nagendran, said 15 out of the 50 medals in the all-India paralympic meet were won by the participants from Tamil Nadu, which was due to the encouragement being given by the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to the disabled and the policies being pursued by the State Government for the welfare of the physically challenged.

The self-confidence and self-esteem of the disabled should always be high so that they could easily face problems in their day-to-day functioning, the Minister said.

The Collector, Atul Anand, the Mayor, Tirunelveli Corporation, A. Jayarani, the Commissioner, D. Chandrasekaran, and others spoke on the occasion.