CM announced a discretionary grant of Rs. 51 lakh for repair and renovation for the Institute for Blind, Panipat 29-01-2015
Chandigarh, January 29 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal assured that the State Government would take care of the interest of visually impaired cane-wearers and they would continue to remain in jobs. Besides, he also announced a discretionary grant of Rs.51 lakh for repair and renovation for the Institute for Blind, Panipat. The Chief Minister was speaking at the 206th anniversary celebrations of Louis Braille organized by Haryana State Blind Employees Association at Panipat today. He said that efforts were being made to bring down the blindness less than 0.3 per cent from 1.4 per cent at present. He said that 20 eye donation centres are functional in the state and efforts would also be made to open eye donation centres at sub divisional level. The State Government had already increased social security pension for physically challenged from Rs.1000 to Rs.1200 per month and a hike of Rs.200 per month would also be given every year. Citing example of Helen Keller, he said that disability should not be treated as weakness. Helen Keller was neither capable to see nor to write but her speech was highly inspiring. He said that Health, Police and all concerned departments are trying best to minimize the incident of accidents. Apart from this, government is committed to make the state polio free. While highlighting the various welfare schemes, he said that scholarship is being given to 40,266 physically challenged students in the state. Effort would be made to start some new courses as per which more employment could be generated for physically challenged persons. Those present on this occasion included Commissioner Disabilities Mr. Phool Chand Yadav, OSD to Chief Minister Mr. Amrinder Singh, President Haryana State Blind Employees Association Mr. Tarsem Lal, Mayor Municipal Corporation Mrs. Renu Bala Gupta and office-bearers of the association.