PANAJI: Union minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot has said that looking at the interest towards the sports among the ‘Divyangjan’ of the country and their good performance in Paralympics, it has been decided to establish five ’Divyangta Khel Kendra’ in different parts of country out of which Ahemdabad City is identified to open one of such facilities; according to a press release by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Virtually addressing the ‘Samajik Adhikarita Shivir’ for distribution of aids and assistive devices to ‘Divyangjan’ under the ADIP Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in Jamnagar-Gujarat today, the Minister informed that the central government has released Rs 8.06 crore fund to Gujarat under Scholarship programme benefitting 2808 beneficiaries. He said, 709 Railway stations, 10,175 Bus Stations and 683 websites have been covered under Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. He added that work on the National Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, has been started by CPWD.

Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat, said that the society which does not care about ‘Divyangjan’ is itself a disabled society. He said that in the year 2016 the Right to Persons with Disability Act was brought in, which not only provided more security, but also ensures and protects the fundamental rights of the person with disabilities across the nation. The Chief minister underlined the need for empowerment of ‘Divyangjan’ and to bring them in the mainstream of society for overall development of the country.’


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