Rs 2.48 cr spent on militancy victims Rehabilitation
7 September 2001
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: The Government have launched various schemes for the welfare and rehabilitation of militancy victims through State Rehabilitation Council. Set up in 1996, the Council has so far provided Rs 248.30 lakhs under different schemes among the militancy affected people. The council has also provided Rs 82 lakhs as scholarship to school going orphan children, pension to widows, old age pension and marriage assistance to young widows or grown up daughters of widows. On the persistent demand of the State Government, the Central Government has established a Composite Regional Centre during last year under the supervision of State Rehabilitation Counter to cater the needs of all categories of disabled persons. For this purpose, the State Government has also provided 5 kanals of land to Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at SKIMS Medical College Bemina, Srinagar on lease basis for construction of Composite Regional Complex. The Centre is presently functioning in a building provided by NGO. The Composite Regional Centre has provided therapy service to 926 cases while as aids and appliances were given to 1411 cases, mobility aid- tricycle- wheel chair to 689 persons, prosthesis to 722, speech therapy to 222, hearing aid to 139 persons, ear mould fabrication- fitment to 52 cases besides providing mobility training to 74 persons and railway concession to 244 persons. The Rehabilitation Council organised two fitment camps through Composite Regional Centre for providing aids and appliances to different type of disabled persons in Udhampur and Kathua districts previously. 53 tricycles, 9 Wheel Chairs, 52 artificial limbs, 84 eruches,66 clippers and 400 hearing aids were provided in these two camps to deserving persons while as scholarship to 1728 school going orphan children, marriage assistance to 5 widows, old age pension to 1863 widows and disabled persons medical assistance to 16 persons were also provided. Measures are also underway to identify the persons with disability in migrant camps at Udhampur and Jammu. According to a preliminary survey, 246 persons have been identified with different disabilities in these camps. Similarly, in Doda district 301 persons have been identified with various type of disabilities. The rehabilitation Council also conducted 3 days workshop on Rehabilitation of people with psychological disorders in the month of June 2001 in Srinagar. aiming at creating awareness sensitizing and orienting people in handling the persons with psychological disorder. Experts from in and outside the State which include doctors, ICDS Officers and social workers attended and took part in deliberations in the workshop. A plan of action was drawn up for rehabilitation of such people.