Madhya Pradesh receives Best State Award for empowerment of disabled
BHOPAL: On the International Day of persons with
disabilities Madhya Pradesh has been awarded with Best State Award for year
2014 for empowerment of differently abled. The Award instituted by Union
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment was given by President Pranab
Mukherjee at a function held in New Delhi on Wednesday at Vigyan Bhavan.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thavar
Chand Gehlot, Minister of State Krishnapal Gurjar and senior officials from the
ministry were also present on the occasion.
The Government has also selected Gwalior and Indore
districts for National Award for 2014 for empowerment of disabled. Gwalior
Collector P Narhari was conferred National Award for creating best hurdle-free
facilities for disabled persons at public places. About 10 to 15 thousand
disabled have benefited so far from barrier free facilities.
National Award was also given to Indore Collector
Akash Tripathi for providing rehabilitation services for disabled persons. Two
persons from Madhya Pradesh have also been selected for National Awards as best
role models for disabled empowerment works. They include Dr Rohit Trivedi,
Bhopal (vision impaired) and Rabia Khan, Indore (vision impaired).
Planned efforts for rehabilitation and welfare of
disabled persons have been made in Madhya Pradesh on the initiative of Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Lives of disabled have undergone a pleasant
change as a result of committed efforts by the state government and they are
continuously moving forward along with all sections of society.
So for, 8.10 lakh disabled persons have been linked
with Sparsh Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh. As many as 1191 camps have been held for
welfare of the disabled in the state where certificates have distributed to 6,46,890
disabled persons and artificial limbs and accessories to 68,182 disabled
persons. Lives of 3,705 disabled persons have been made easier through