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Gehlot promises PwDs-friendly ramps at airports, RWs, hosps

Gehlot promises PwDs-friendly ramps at airports, RWs, hosps

Amravati: "Artificial limbs with total flexibility, which would enable the disabled to walk, write or even play normally, would be manufactured in Kanpur in collaboration with German and England-based companies. The unit would start functioning in six months," said Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union minister for social justice and empowerment, on Sunday.

"Disabled persons are an integral part of human resources. They have the right to lead a good life. To give them this opportunity, there is a need for public participation in governmental efforts," he added.

The minister also spoke about Sugamya Bharat Yojana wherein his ministry plans to provide disabled-friendly ramps in 100 multi-storeyed buildings in 50 big cities. "This facility will also be made available at all airports, railway stations, hospitals or whosoever demands it," the minister said. Gehlot also said that medical certificates bearing unique identification number would henceforth be issued to the disabled.

Paying his maiden visit to the city to distribute equipment worth Rs 60 lakh to 1,044 disabled persons at a function organized by District Disability Rehabilitation Centre director Kishor Borkar at Sant Gadge Maharaj Vidyalaya, Gehlot said that a revitalized social justice ministry is committed to bringing about a change in the lives of the disabled persons with its transparent functioning, effective propagation of schemes and elimination of corrupt practices.

Gehlot said that his ministry has provided various equipment to over 3.75 lakh beneficiaries in the last one-and-a-half years. "We organized over 350 camps in 26 states and of these, I personally attended 100 mega camps wherein equipment worth over Rs 1 crore each was distributed.

Though Amravati did not fully meet the criteria fixed for holding a mega camp, I made it a point to visit this camp, he said.

He said that persons with more than 80% disability would be provided with motor tricycles. "Initially, we had planned to distribute 1,000 motor tricycles, costing Rs 37,000 each. We have already achieved the target. To meet the extra demand, we have decided to give Rs 25,000 subsidy and we are approaching MPs, MLAs, and donors for the remaining amount," he said.

Praising the disabled sportspersons who brought laurels in the international events, the minister announced to set up national sports centers at five places. "Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh have already given land for the purpose," he said.

MLA Sunil Deshmukh, MP Anand Adsul and Guardian Minister Pravin Pote also addressed while Borkar delivered introductory remarks and also submitted a memorandum of demands to Gehlot. On the occasion, Gehlot felicitated deaf and dumb Juned Khan Salim Khan, a city footballer, who represented India at Los Angeles.

Source: Times of India

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