Mangaluru, Dec 04, 2018: Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) disbursed facilities worth Rs 17.3 lakh to specially abled people on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on MCC premises on December 3, Monday.
Prosthetic legs, hearing aids, wheel chairs and medical assistance worth Rs 1.95 lakh were provided to 11 people, under 7.25% reserve funds financial assistance of Rs 9.28 lakh was distributed among 205 people towards surgery, construction of toilets, water connection and LPG connection. Financial assistance worth Rs 5.80 lakh was distributed to people of SC/ST towards construction of houses, house maintenance, self-employment and subsidy for construction of toilets.
MCC Mayor Bhaskar K Moily distributed the facilities to the beneficiaries and urged them to become self-reliant. He said that MCC, in its budget, has reserved Rs 53.30 lakh for the specially abled, ST/ST and economically underprivileged.
MCC Deputy Mayor Muhammed Kunjathbail said that the differently abled should not consider their disability as a curse. Instead, they should develop positive thoughts and draw inspiration from specially abled achievers.
MCC Health and Social Justice Standing Committee chairman Navin D’Souza, corporator Sabitha Misquith, corporator Prakash B Salian, Commissioner Muhammed Nazir, Joint Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak and Community Affairs officer Malini Rodrigues were present on the occasion.
Venues must be differently abled-friendly: MLA
Mangaluru South MLA D Vedavyas Kamath stressed while addressing a gathering in a programme to mark International Day of Disabled Persons, at St Sebastian’s hall in Bendoorwell on December 3, Monday and appealed to organisers to select venues that are disabled-friendly.
“Because the building does not have ramps for entry, exit or climbing onto the dais (to receive prizes), the differently abled must struggle’’ Kamath pointed out.
District-in-charge Minister U T Khader assured to ensure that there is a uniform policy governing the salaries and benefits of special educators. As many as 26 differently-abled people who excelled in sports and other fields were felicitated on the occasion.
Karnataka State Association for Special Educators and Supportive Staff General Secretary Vasanth Shetty said women above 25 years of age with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities were vulnerable to sexual harassment.
“The government must ensure that they get institutional support till their last breath,” he stressed.
DK DC Sasikant Senthil was present.