Chennai, Dec 5 (): Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin distributed awards and prizes to the people with disabilities and organization holding and supporting them, he informed the people that the government had almost tripled the budget for the welfare of disabled people.
At a function felicitating State-level award winners, he explained that the State had increased the budget allocation for persons with disability from Rs.49 crore in 2005-06 to Rs.179crore in 2010-11.
Besides hiking monthly aids to people with disability, he said that the State had won awards in eight categories at the national level this year.
75 per cent of persons with disability live in rural areas; the government had deeply involved in their welfare and therefore had formed a separate department which would be guided by the Chief Minister.
Ms Geetha Jeevan, Social Welfare Minister said that, the Chief Minister introduced about 22 new schemes for disabled people from the year 2006.
This year, 24 new schemes for their welfare had been introduced by the State.
Mayor Mr. M. Subramanian said that, the Chief Minister had included persons with hearing and speech impaired elephantiasis and dwarfs in the category of persons with disability. The government had been providing Rs.1 lakh annually for the healing of people suffering from hemophilia.
Mr. Stalin also handed over appointment orders to 1,103 persons to be posted in various positions in School Education Department.
School Education Minister Mr.Thangam Thennarasu and Higher Education secretary Mr.K.Ganesan were also present at the event.