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Training centre for mentally challenged children

Staff Reporter

SALEM: The district administration has opened a special training centre for mentally challenged children at the C.S.I. Balar Gnana Illam here recently.

Inaugurating the centre, Collector N. Mathivanan said that the State Government allotted adequate funds for the successful functioning of the centre.

A sum of Rs. 2.82 lakh was allotted for starting the centre and to create awareness among people about the programmes to be conducted through the centre.

The government would provide an additional Rs. 2.45 lakh for procuring teaching and learning aids, creating various facilities and early detection activities.

Education

The centre would carry out early detection, intervention, education and training programmes. This would facilitate the mentally challenged children to improve their skills and remain self-reliant, he said.

Listing out various efforts taken for the welfare of the disabled in the district, Mr. Mathivanan said that the administration had appointed guardians to 167 mentally challenged persons. A sum of Rs. 500 was being provided as monthly assistance to 800 mentally challenged children.

Besides, vocational training programmes, medical camps and distribution of tricycles for the disabled were also being taken up in the district.

Earlier, the Collector, participating at a programme organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra, distributed prizes to youths who worked for the promotion of rural sanitation, environmental protection, art and culture and women education.

Award

S. Amutha of Papichettipatti and S. Palanisamy of Puthupalaym were selected for the beat volunteer award for the year 2006-07.

The Thendral Women Welfare Association of Arisipalayam and the Makkal Orumaipattu Oraga Valarchi Maiyam were selected as best youth associations. Mr. Mathivanan presented the awards.

The Collector said that the district administration would provide sports equipment to 10 youth associations shortly.

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