GOVERNOR RAM Naik on Tuesday assured Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot that land would be arranged for setting up an integrated rehabilitation centre in the state for differently abled people.
Naik made the assurance after Gehlot said some states have already provided land for the centre and the Union government will provide fund for the project if UP provides land free of cost. The minister added the Centre has decided to establish an integrated rehabilitation centre in every state to provide medical help and skill development training to differently-abled people and make them self-dependent.
Gehlot was the chief guest at a camp to distribute free aid and appliances to the differently-abled, organised by Bhaurao Devras Nyas, in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Kanpur’s Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India. The Governor presided over the programme. Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma and RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Krishna Gopal were also present at the event.
The Centre has organised 350 such distribution camps in the last one year, claimed Gehlot.
Without naming anyone, he added: “Such camps had not been organised in the past… Officials and their staff had distributed aid through some organisations and institutions without maintaining any transparency…. Distribution of aid through camps maintain transparency and also helps in getting feedback and suggestions from the public.”
The minister also announced that the Centre has decided to come up with a law to ensure that differently-abled people must receive benefits of all welfare schemes. “A bill in this regard will be tabled in the upcoming Budget Session of the Parliament,” he said, adding that the Centre has decided to provide universal identity cards to all differently-abled people across the country in the next one-and-a-half years.