DIS­ABLED TO GET STATE-OF-ART TRAIN­ING CEN­TRE IN PAN­VEL SOON

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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