Centre sets up mobile courts to redress grievances

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Tiruchirapalli, Jan 4 (UNI) The setting up of 'mobile courts' by the Centre was intended to redress the grievances of physically challenged persons, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Subulakshmi Jagadeesan said today.

Inaugurating 'Samarthya-2008', a four-day national exhibition of assistive devices, teaching kits, learning materials for the disabled persons, organised by the National Institute for Employment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai and Tamil Nadu Government here, she said the maiden mobile court was launched here and the next sitting of the mobile court would be at Chennai on January seven.

She pointed out that the mobile court headed by Chief Commissioner (disabilities) of the Tamil Nadu Government would redress the grievances of the disabled persons.

Social Welfare Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna said the Tamil Nadu Government had allocated Rs 100 crore for social welfare schemes in the State.

Transport Minister K N Nehru, speaking on the occasion pointed out that 18,250 persons with disabilities were given national-level identification cards and 8,902 physically-challenged persons were provided welfare measures worth Rs 86 lakh, in Tiruchirapalli district.

Chief Commissioner (disabilities), New Delhi, Manoj Kumar said Tamil Nadu ranked first in the country in implementing welfare measures to the disabled persons.

Union Ministry of Social Welfare and Empowerment, Additional Secretary Sandeep Khanna said 120 stalls displaying devices, kits and learning materials for the disabled persons were put up in the exhibition.

NIEPMD Director Neeradha Chandramohan said during the exhibition qualified professionals would assess the disabilities and distribute aids and appliances free to the eligible persons, he added.

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