Assistance under various government schemes have been extended to a total of 5,209 differently abled persons of the district through the four special medical assessment camps for differently abled held so far, the District Collector, Darez Ahmed said.
Speaking at the inaugural of the day-long camp for the benefit of the differently abled of Veppur panchayat union at the Government Higher Secondary School, Padalur near here on Saturday, Dr.Darez Ahmed explained the various schemes being implemented by the State government to uplift the living conditions of the various weaker sections.
He said the special camps are being conducted in various parts of the district to solve the grievances of the differently abled and distribute assistance to them at their doorstep. He said the benefits to the deserving differently abled were provided instantly in the camps. He urged the differently abled to advantage of these camps.
Dr. Ahmed said the camps have evoked good response. A total of 2,057 participated in the camp held in Veppur union, of which assistance was distributed to 1,474 instantly; another 1,612 participated in the camp held at Veppanthatti union of which 1,316 were given assistance. The third camp held in Perambalur union witnessed the participation of 1,486 differently abled of which 1,346 were given assistance at once. He said of the 1,356 persons who attended today’s camp, assistance was provided to 1,072 beneficiaries.
The district administration had made special arrangements for the provision of the national identity cards to the disabled after screening them by a team of specialists at the venue itself. Arrangements were also made for the provision of bank loans for their self employment; registering their names with the employment exchange; counselling for launching industrial ventures by experts from District Industries Centre, THADCO, Cooperation Department and bankers; and distribution of financial assistance under various schemes.
A total of 1,356 men and women had registered for today’s camp, of which 328 were provided ID cards instantly. Tricycles, wheel chairs, hearing aids and other equipments were handed over to 80 persons. The revenue officials scrutinised the petitions for monthly assistance of Rs.1,000 and issued orders to 431 beneficiaries. About 35 were sanctioned unemployment assistance and the applications of 15 women were recommended for loans under the Mahalir Thittam for starting self employment ventures and the names of another 32 were recommended for loans under THADCO scheme. Subramanian, District Revenue Officer, Lokeswari, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency and other officials participated in the camp. A team of 12 specialists screened the differently abled persons on the occasion.