Home for mentally retarded people to be completed soon at Rohtak:CM

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Jind, Nov 1 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said that a state level home for mentally retarded people, being constructed at Rohtak at a cost of Rs 2.18 crore, would be completed soon.

Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of building of Ankur Institute for Mentally Retarded Children here, he announced to give a piece of adjoining land, measuring 2030 square metres, to the Jind Central Jaycees Educational and Charitable Trust for the construction of the building. He also announced to give a sum of Rs 11 lakh to the Trust.

Referring to the steps taken by the State Government for the welfare of physically handicapped and mentally retarded people, he said that the monthly pension of such people had been increased from Rs 300 to Rs. 600.

He said the retainership allowance of the blind cane weaver had been increased from Rs 2000 to Rs 3510. The retirement age of the handicapped employees with 70 percent or more disability had been raised from 58 years to 60 years and their conveyance allowance increased from Rs 250 to Rs 600 per month.

The Chief Minister said the Jind Central Jaycees Educational and Charitable Trust was doing a yeomen service to the society by providing education and training to the mentally challenged children so as to enable them to earn their livelihood. The Haryana Government was fully alive to its duty towards this section of the society, he added.

Earlier the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of four laning of a road and a bridge over Hansi branch near Jayanti Devi Temple.

He inaugurated the Jind-Asandh bypass road.

Mr Jai Prakash, MP, Power Minister Randeep Surjewala, and Education Minister Mange Ram Gupta announced to give Rs 11 lakh each to the Trust.

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