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Differently abled seek to form self-help groups

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Representation made to Government They urged the Government to provide free education, textbooks and noon meal

VILLUPURAM: Villupuram District Physically Handicapped Social Welfare Association has appealed to the Tamil Nadu Government to constitute self-help groups consisting exclusively of the differently abled persons.

In a representation to the Government, Association president M. Ramesh said training centres should be set up in the districts to impart skills in self-help ventures.

It urged the Government to provide free education to the differently abled persons up to college level and extend the noon meal and free notebooks schemes for them.

It called for setting up of STD booths and kiosks for copiers on the highways and on the premises of Government offices to be run by the differently abled persons. They should be allowed to travel in the transport corporation buses with free bus passes on all days. At present, restriction was imposed on them to travel only on weekdays.

The bus crew should be instructed that the seats reserved for the differently abled not be allotted to others. The Association sought marriage assistance to the needy, doles for the unemployed, and houses for the shelterless. It called upon the authorities to speedily implement the employment schemes recently announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

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