Tamil Nadu government launches programs for the disabled
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami has launched a range of programs for the disabled, including distribution of retrofitted petrol scooters.
The scooters are distributed to disabled students and employees free of cost. The scheme will benefit over 1,000 people and cost about Rs six crore.
A scheme was also launched to provide modular reflective folding sticks to the blind. The folding sticks are equipped with latest technology to identify objects on all sides so that the user is properly guided while using the smart cane. Over 5,000 people will benefit from this.
Unique disability identity cards were also given away as part of a project that is being implemented with the central government. The aim is to create a national database for persons with disabilities.
The UDID cards will be the single document of identification and verification of the disabled for applying for benefits. The card will have all the necessary details, which can be decoded with the help of a reader.