Acting ZP chief for ramps to enable specially-abled

Acting president of Zilla Panchayat C J Dwarkish on Wednesday instructed the officials to ensure ramps at public buildings for the benefit of specially-abled people.

Presiding over the Karnataka Development Progress (KDP) progress review meeting after taking over the charge of new role, Dwarkish said owing to the absence of ramp, specially-abled people were finding it difficult to find access to banks and community halls.
Taking cognisance of the president’s complaint, Chief Executive Officer P A Gopal explained that the government had introduced various programmes for the welfare of the specially-abled. “However, what lacks is effective publicity to reach out to the dedicated masses for the success of the schemes,” he said.

Detailing the progress achieved, district disabled welfare officer said that scholarships were being issued for those students who have scored 60 per cent and above in exams, while those who undergo surgeries are eligible for Rs 30,000 relief under medical relief fund to eradicate disability.

Action plan

An action plan for Rs 376.97 lakh has been prepared, including Rs 220.42 lakh for the year 2012-13 and Rs 156.55 lakh for 2011-12. Applications have been invited from the eligible people.

Deputy Director of Woman and Child Development N R Vijay said a total of 1.45 lakh anganwadi children are covered under the recently launched Ksheera Bhagya scheme distributing milk (prepared with 15 grams of milk powder) thrice in a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Infrastructure wise, still 651 anganwadis lack own building.

Following a complaint of doctors unavailable at rural hospitals during night hours forcing the people to go to K R Hospital in Mysore, the CEO instructed the District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr S M Malegowda to act on the same. In his reply, the health officer said the department has taken adequate measures to check the spread of epidemics. Under family welfare scheme, 1,335 women have undergone tubectomy and only one male has undergone vasectomy.

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