Jammu, March 22 (Scoop News) –Reiterating the Government’s commitment to serve the State with sincerity and minimize the difficulties of physically challenged, old aged, women in distress and people living below poverty line, the Minister for Social Welfare, Ms Sakina Itoo today assured that her ministry will encourage all those who are serving the society selflessly and cooperating with state government in mitigating the sufferings of the downtrodden.
The Minister was speaking at an awareness–cum-cheque distribution function organized jointly by Composite Regional Centre (CRC), Bemina and State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) with the collaboration of Social Welfare Department Jammu at Roopnagar today.
On the occasion, the Minister distributed 100 cheques amounting Rs 1,60,000 among the physically challenged persons. She also distributed 38 wheel chairs, 25 tricycles, and 9 motorized tricycles, 23 walking sticks for blind and 112 German slates for blind, provided by CRC and SRC.
The Minister said that the Government was striving hard to ensure that people who suffer different kinds of social and physical disabilities earn a dignified livelihood. She said that the department of Social Welfare was mobilizing resources to provide better facilities to them.
Listing achievements of the SW department, she said it has recorded remarkable success in certain areas, but has still to go a long way to come up to the expectations of people.
While addressing the gathering, the Director State Rehabilitation Council Bashir Ahmad Wani said that the persons with physical disabilities are the part and parcel of the society and the Council was making all out efforts to uplift their living status.
He said called upon the civil society to contribute its bit in the amelioration of the deserving lot in their respective areas, particularly in making them self-reliant .
Speaking on the occasion the Director, CRC, Bemina Hilal Ahmad Parray said that the Composite Regional Centre (CRC) has been established for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities . He said that the institution is providing composite clinical, rehabilitation and out-reach camp services to the disabled population of State, including those hailing from far flung and border areas. He said the Institution also provided comprehensive clinical services like speech therapy, audiology, occupational therapy, special education for mentally challenged, visually impaired and hearing impaired.
Giving details Parray said that the CRC has produced a number of trained professionals with graduate and post graduate diploma in the field of rehabilitation sciences in 8 different courses. He said at present 132 students are pursuing the professional courses in Rehabilitation Sciences at this Institution.
The Director said that the Institution has provided rehabilitation services to more than one lakh persons at head office, Bemina, 25000 patients in outreach camps and distributed more than 16000 Aid of Appliances and limbs to disabled persons free of cost under ADIP scheme.
MLA Domana Raipur, Bharat Bhushan, Director Social Welfare Jammu, Mr Mehmood Rana, and District Social Welfare Officer, Jammu Mr Rajiv Salaria also spoke on the occasion.