Special persons throng govt’s Salcete camp

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Margao: The directorate of social welfare through its state-wide programme to assess and provide assistance to persons with disabilities received tremendous response at its two-day camp help in Salcete.

In all, over 700 persons registered for the two-day camp where beneficiaries were registered for the Unique Disabilities Identity Card (UDID) and assistive aids and appliances distributed.

Speaking about the good turnout, social welfare department deputy director and in-charge for special cell for empowerment for persons with disabilities Taha Haaziq said that the camp was a multi-departmental effort to make the process of availing benefits for persons with disabilities easy.

“It is a collective effort of various departments, panchayat secretaries, BDOs and mamlatdars. Doctors are continuously present at the camp to issue provisional disability certificates and other documents that are required. Even the revenue department staff members were present to issue income certificate and worked together in one room. A beneficiary if eligible should not return back only because of documentation hassles,” said Haaziq.

The success, he said, is evident from the numbers. “On second day alone there were 410 registrations, and on first day, there were 306 registrations. On first day, around 160 beneficiaries were eligible for the equipments and 225 beneficiaries were registered for the UDID which is an identification card that has pan-India recognition,” he added. 

The camp that is held in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with disabilities, government of India along with the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) under the Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP) Scheme is held once every three years. In Goa, camps were held in North and South Goa from December 4 and continued till December 22. Assistive devices under the ADIP Scheme were provided after assessment by experts provide prosthetic and orthotic devices, mobility aids, surgical foot wears for locomotors disabled, for visually disabled including deaf, blind and other disabilities, accessible mobile phone to visually impaired students to students above 18 years and laptop, braille note taker and brallier to school going disabled students