DISABLED TO GET STATE-OF-ART TRAINING CENTRE IN PANVEL SOON
PANVEL: Four days after the disabled people in the city protested against the Panvel Municipal Council ( PMC) for not aiding their development, the PMC has initiated steps to set up a training centre for the disabled.
The PMC has already begun the process to appoint a consultant to guide the project after a resolution was passed in the general body meeting.
PMC officials said the disabled people in the city will soon get a state-of-the-art centre for their rehabilitation.
“Administrative and financial sanction has been received for finalising the location for the centre, the appointment of consultant for establishing and running the centre and preparing an estimate,” said Magesh Chitale, chief executive officer of PMC.
He said, “The PMC shall strive for the rehabilitation of disabled people and provide more selfemployment opportunities to them.”
The city, including Khanda colony and New Panvel which fall under the PMC jurisdiction, does not have any facility for the development of people with disabilities.
The MLA fund and government grants are used for development in Panvel and Khanda. PMC has allocated 3% of its funds for the development of disabled people in its budget. However, the disabled people in the city have said that the fund has not been spent in the past couple of years.
PMC president Charusheela Gharat and opposition leader Sandeep Patil have agreed on using the funds at the earliest.
There are 201 disabled people registered with the PMC, which include 48 with disorder, 19 deaf and mute, 22 visually-challenged and 112 with physical disabilities
Apart from the PMC, the state government has several schemes for their development. The Supreme Court too has issued orders for providing education and training to the disabled.