'Raw deal for specially abled decried'

Last Updated 22 October 2010, 17:06 IST

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, he said majority of the elected representatives don’t even about the department under which development schemes for specially abled are available.

Earlier, he visited various government departments to see implementation of various programmes. Dismayed at the attitude of officers in various government departments, he said that there is no concrete information regarding total number of specially abled people in the country.

Observing that programmes cannot be implemented based on statistics provided by government organisations, he said that Women and Child Welfare Department should undertake necessary initiatives.

Lamenting about the lack of designated staff and facilities, Rajanna questioned; “How is it possible to work in such a situation?”  More than 80 per cent of the government institutions are uneligible to avail grants earmarked for specially abled.

No rehabilitation workers have been appointed at village and taluk levels. The committees exclusively for the welfare specially abled have not been formed in Hassan and  taluks in the district.

The World Bank has been providing crores of rupees to specially abled children through the Sarvashikshana Abhiyan.

Last year, Hassan district received Rs One Crore. However, there are no details about the total number of specially abled children or students who have dropped out of school.
Mentioning lack of centres to repair equipment used by specially abled, Rajanna said that at least every district should have one rehabilitation centre. The only rehabilitation centre at Mysore has been closed. Experts who were working are now deputed as peons in other departments. he added.

A meeting was to be held with heads of all departments soon, but due to the political turmoil, it has been delayed.

Deputy Director, Women and Children Welfare Department, Radhakrishna and Zilla Panchayat CEO Anjan Kumar were present.

Notice to DC

Rajanna was upset over absence of the deputy commissioner for the meeting despite informing him about tour programme well in advance.

A notice will be issued to the DC seeking explanation. If he fails to reply, the same will be forwarded to the chief secretary for necessary action.

Lashing out at the DC, Rajanna said that the former lacked basic courtesy of his inability to attend the meeting. The DC should hold a meeting with officials of all departments on third Tuesday of every month, but has failed even to do that, he added.

Verbal duel

While Rajanna was describing the failures of the district administraton, ZP CEO Anjan Kumar was trying to deny all allegations one by one. The press conference finally became a discussion zone. At one point, Rajanna stopped the CEO and said, “They (media) have understood what I said. You don’t have to give explanation. “

Finally, Anjan Kumar said that discussion will be held within 15 days with Deputy Commissioner to form the taluk level committees. He assured that within three months everything will be ready set right.

(Published 22 October 2010, 17:06 IST)

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