Indian state to set up centers for people with disabilities in all districts

Asia-Pacific, January 18 2016

MANGALURU, INDIA: State Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities K S Rajanna said that the government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore each to construct ‘Vikala Chethana Bhavana’ in all districts across the state.

He told reporters here on Saturday that a detailed plan for Vikala Chethana Bhavana will be prepared soon. “The state government has sanctioned funds to construct Vikala Chethana Bhavana in all districts across the state. Our main objective is to make Bhavana an umbrella for all disabled persons in the district. It will have all infrastructure. All offices related to disabled welfare will be housed in the Bhavana and the building will also have facilities for people with disabilities from villages to stay,” he said adding that a meeting in this regard will be held in Bengaluru on January 18.

It may require at least 8 acress of land for the construction of Vikala Chethana Bhavana, which will be a centre for various activities related to people with disabilities. Deputy commissioners have been given the responsibilities of joint commissioner for disabled and accordingly they will have to spend at least two hours per week to address the grievances of people with disabilities, Rajanna said and added that he has written a letter to chief minister Siddaramaiah seeking formation separate ministry.

“I have requested the chief minister to create a ministry in Karnataka for the welfare of people with disabilities, transgenders and senior citizens. It is necessary that a separate ministry should be created for them as more than one crore people belong to that category,” Rajanna said.

Source: Times of India

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