Maintaining that at the national level, Goa has highest number of special children – 75 per cent of such children – receiving education in the schools, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that efforts are being made through the department of social welfare, to ensure that cent per cent special children in the state would attend school, in the near future.
The Chief Minister also assured that the government would soon set up a Special Disability Cell, and the formalities for the same would be completed within the next 8 days. “The government observes the setting up of this cell as a special purpose project,” he added.
Sawant was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons, during the naming of a hall at the Sanjay Centre for Special Education, after the former chief minister the late Manohar Parrikar.
Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo and Utpal Parrikar, son of the former chief minister the late Parrikar, were also present on the occasion.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that he would personally ensure quick clearance of the file pertaining to the transfer of a Porvorim-based land in possession of North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) in the name of the department of education so that it could be used to construct a building for special children.
He also assured that all government buildings would be made accessible to the special children through provision of ramps, lifts and other facilities.
The Chief Minister, while addressing the gathering, lamented that although there is 4 per cent reservation for special persons in government jobs, it is not followed in true spirit.
“I have asked the department of social welfare to find out the legalities involved in the particular reservation process and further ensure recruitment of the special persons,” he informed, pointing out that many special persons are as capable as normal people and their recruitment on merit could take the number of special persons in government jobs up to 12 per cent.
Earlier, Lobo, in his speech, stated that the NGPDA land in Porvorim can be used to construct a building, with a hall on the ground floor, where exhibitions of products by special children could be held, in turn allowing them to earn money through sale of these products.
Chairman of the Sanjay Centre for Special Education Guruprasad Pawaskar was also present.