Aids distributed to differently-abled persons

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 24: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh said under the Chief Ministergi Sotharabasingi Tengbang(CMST) scheme, around 3000 persons having a disability of 80% or more have been provided Care-Giver allowances, maintenance grant of Rs. 1,500/- per month by the state government till now.

The chief minister was at the “Samajik Adhikarita Shivir” and free distribution of aids and assistive devices to persons with disabilities (Divyangjan) held at Khuman Lampak Indoor Statdium, Imphal today.

Biren appealed the families of the differently-abled persons to enroll or register them (the differently-abled persons) at social welfare department and office of deputy commissioners to get the benefits under various schemes of the government.

He asked to redress their grievances, regarding any schemes, to the toll-free number 181 of the department or directly contact the Grievance Cell of the chief minister’s secretariat.

He maintained that the vision of the visionary leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to provide quality of life to all the citizens of the country and to uplift the poor, needy and differently-abled persons to have an inclusive development in the country.

Chief Minister further stated that around 70,000 people have been enrolled under Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang(CMHT) till now. CMHT is a health scheme. He appealed the people to take benefits of every scheme which has been launched by the government for the welfare of the people.

Union minister for state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar said it is the instruction of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that every Union Minister should visit the North-eastern States in every 3 months. He said that Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India to allocate or earmark 10 percent in the budget for the development of Northeast India.

A Universal Identity Card would be provided for the persons with disabilities soon and such card would be valid and use throughout the country to get any facility or benefits under any scheme for differently-abled persons. Union Minsiter mentioned that the NDA government has already increased the reservation system for the persons with disabilities in employment from 3% to 4% and in education from 5% to 7%.

The union minister announced that a new welfare scheme would be launched for the mute and deaf children of the country. Under the scheme, every mute and deaf child would be getting financial benefit of Rs. 6 lakhs.

Health and family welfare minister L. Jayantakumar, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen were also present.

Aids and assistive devices such as the hearing aids, smart phones and wheel chairs were distributed to various beneficiaries today. The free aids and assistive devices would be distributed to around 1900 beneficiaries.

The function was organised by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur in association with Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

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