PANAJI: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant stated that the Goa Government is in process of carrying out fresh survey of Persons With Disabilities in the State and appealed to the elected representatives to identify the persons having disabilities in their areas.

Dr Sawant was speaking at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, distribution of Aids and assistive devices to person with disabilities (Divyangjan) under the ADIP scheme organised by the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India, Kanpur in association with District Administration, North Goa and Department of Social Welfare at Ravindra Bhavan, Sankhali.

The Chief Minister highlighted various schemes that are available in the State for senior citizens. 

Dr Sawant said, the State Government is giving standard education through 22 special set up schools. He said BEd training facility is also made available in the State for such students.

The Chief Minister said, minimum interest loan facility will be made available soon for persons with disabilities. Government is also thinking to start hostel facility for such persons in the State, he added.

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot presided over the function. Minister for Social Welfare Milind Naik graced the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Thaawarchand Gehlot informed that Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities work  is praised all over the globe. For such constructive  the Department has received ten world Guinness world records.

He said under the guidance of Prime Minister they have brought new laws benefiting differently-abled persons. Four per cent reservation is given for the persons with disabilities. 

Also 3566 new post has been created. 14,000 posts have been filled by the Union Government and Rs 4 .44 crores had been made available for Goa Government, he added.

He said six types of scholarships are given for the persons with disabilities, adding that Goa has been given Rs 44 lakh under this scheme.

Gehlot praised the State Government efforts for taking interest and for working to uplift the livings of persons with disabilities. He said 18 camps were organszed in the state of Goa.

Speaking on the occassion, Milind Naik said, lot many things are left to be done for the persons with disabilities. He said left out person with disabilities will be covered in second round.

Joint Secretary Dr Prabodh Seth; Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India chairman D R Sarin and Director of Social Welfare Umeshchandra Joshi were present on occasion.

Earlier, Umeshchandra Joshi welcomed the guests while, Pradip Naik compered and D R Sarin proposed a vote of thanks.

Aids and Assistive Devices worth Rs 1.52 crore were distributed to the Divyangjans in the State. A total of 699 beneficiaries were identified and 257 numbers of beneficiaries were provided with assistive devices.