As part of its proactive governance initiative, the district administration of Rajkot conducted two camps at the taluka level recently and identified 1,090 persons with disabilities who will be eligible for benefits under various government schemes.
According to records available with the office of the Rajkot collector, the district administration held six outreach camps for villages in Gondal taluka during the first three months of this year.
To ensure that no people with disabilities, or PwDs as they are also called, is left outside the purview of the drive, villages were divided into clusters of 10 to 15, and camps held for each of the cluster.
Health workers of the state government conducted surveys in the villages to identify potential beneficiaries. At the end of the surveys, 2,230 people were enrolled for getting benefits of the the various government schemes, while 1,090 people were issued disability certificates after examining 1,725 people at these camps. Medical consultants including orthopaedics, ophthalmologists and psychiatric were present at the camps at sub-district hospital in Gondal town, community health centre in Kolithad and primary health centre in Deradi to conduct the tests.
In all, 2,230 persons were enrolled for various government benefit schemes at these camps, states a report prepared by Rajkot district collector Rajendra Kumar. The report is to be forwarded to the commissioner of health of the state government.