Advice to disabled: Focus on your strengths

  • Tummala lists TS aid programmes

Hyderabad: Telangana Roads & Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswar Rao has exhorted the physically challenged children and youth to focus on their strengths through education and work instead of feeling inferior.

Speaking at a programme to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Ravindra Bharathi in Hyderabad on Saturday, Tummala said physically challenged persons should not feel cornered as they can excel in every field by making use of schemes introduced by the government.

The state government, he said, has been implementing many schemes for this category of people, who can make use of them to lead a better life. In addition to Rs 46.36 lakhs for their welfare, the government has sanctioned aid to 437 physically handicapped persons in the state, he said. While Rs 422.21 lakhs have been sanctioned for 729 people with disabilities under Financial Rehabilitation Programme, the KCR Government has been offering Rs 1,500 pension a month for each of the 457,087 disabled persons and providing shelter to 2,258 in 20 hostels, the minister said.

The government, Tummala said, has so far spent Rs 390.98 lakhs on hearing, walking and other aids. To mark the International Day of Disabled Persons, he distributed aids worth Rs 50 lakhs, including laptops for those studying higher education, artificial limbs, wheel chairs, sticks, bicycles and two-wheelers for employees.

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Telangana State Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav were among those present at the event. -NSS

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