HYDERABAD, NOV. 14. The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has said the Government will examine the need to start a centre in each district to screen children for possible physical and mental disabilities.
Speaking after inaugurating `Daiva Krupa’, a residential complex for persons with disabilities constructed by Sweekar Rehabilitation Institute for Handicapped here on Sunday, Dr. Reddy said the increasing cases of disabilities among children was a cause of worry.
The best way to tackle the problem was to start a centre in every district to screen children with possible disabilities like hearing, speech impairment and mental retardation, he added.
Dr. Reddy complimented Sweekar-Upkaar for serving persons with multiple disabilities and underscored the need to have such institutions in every district. Such institutions could come up with private and public participation, he said adding that the Government was willing to support the initiative.
He said the Government would examine the request of the premier institution to start a deemed university for rehabilitation sciences. There should be no problem in alienating 19 acres of Government land in Qutbullapur mandal, on the city outskirts, he added.
The MP, G.Venkatswamy, urged the Government to extend financial support to the institutions doing pioneering work for the disabled. He said Sweekar-Upkaar was receiving grant-in-aid from the Centre and wanted similar help from the State Government.
The Siddipet MP, Sarvey Satyanarayana, announced Rs. 10 lakhs from the MPLADS fund for the institution.
The Shadnagar MLA, P. Shankar Rao, felt that genuine NGOs should be encouraged.
The founder chairman of Sweekar-Upkaar, P. Hanumantha Rao, welcomed the gathering.
Courtesy: The Hindu