Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot, assured help for the welfare of the differently-abled people in Arunachal Pradesh.
He asked the State Government to immediately appoint an independent State Commissioner for persons with disabilities so that schemes and funds can flow from the Centre seamlessly.
Gehlot asked people to write to the Ministry with proper address and details if they have or know of any child below the age of 6 who cannot hear or speak and assured that the government will immediately provide assistance.
Responding to CM Pema Khandu’s requests during the ‘Samajik Adhikarita Shivir’, a camp for free-of-cost distribution of aids and assistive devices for people with disabilities, Gehlot said, ‘Submit the proposals and I assure approval within a month.’
He expressed satisfaction about the camp being held in Arunachal Pradesh where 957 persons with disabilities, including senior citizens, were provided with aids and assistive devices free of cost which cost the government Rs 67.37 lakh.
Khandu sought assistance from the Ministry to make Papum Pare district, which is the most populated in the State, disability free by December of this year as a pilot project and spread to the rest of Arunachal Pradesh.
Khandu also requested the Union Minister to consider opening a manufacturing unit of the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation Ltd (ALIMCO) in Arunachal Pradesh that would cater to the entire Northeast region.