Shri Saurashtra Patel Samaj launches three-day artificial legs, polio callipers, other kit-assistance free distribution camp for Diyang in Ahmedabad
“State Government takes care of Divyang under various schemes, including ID card for free travel in ST bus for lifetime”
“Eliminating difficulties of Divyang people is characteristic of successful human life”
– Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel
Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti of Jaipur and Saurashtra Patel Samaj jointly launched a three-day camp to distribute artificial foot (Jaipur foot), polio callipers and crutch free-of-cost to needy Divyang People at the Saurashtra Patel Kelavani Mandal Kanya Chhtravas here today.
Speaking at the function, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said the state government is always associated with trusts and organisations to ensure no Divyang is left without any assistance in any corner of the state, to make them self-reliant.
He said that eliminating difficulties of Divyang people is the characteristic of successful human life. The physically challenged people face many difficulties in life. There could not be greater service to God than to serve man. It is written in every religious scripture of the world. It is duty of society, family members and neighbours to help them.
Mr. Patel complimented Saurashtra Patel Samaj and also Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, world renowned for providing Jaipur foot free-of-cost for the last five decades, true to the principles of Bhagwan Mahavir, for launching a yajna in Ahmedabad. It is to ensure they could travel in trains, buses, planes and climb upstairs easily.
He said the State Government has in an innovative scheme issued lifetime identity card to Divyang People so that they could travel freely in ST government buses for life. For this, Divyang people also feel that India is changing. They will be soon able to pursue their career of choice through government scheme. The State Government allocates substantial amount in Budget for their education, training. The government deposits pension to 25,000 Manodivyang mentally challenged persons in the state directly in their bank account under Sant Surdas Yojna regularly.
The Chief Minister spoke on how the Central Government brought about change in the life of Divyang through Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. While the Centre has evolved a Unique ID for them, the State Government has also implemented Universal ID Project in Gujarat for scholarship, kit-assistance, pension, marriage, insurance and other schemes for the Divyang people.
He cited the example of Bhavina Patel, residing at Ghatlodiya in Ahmedabad, who won silver medal at Paralympic and other Games who proves that it is no more a curse to be Divyang.
Bhagwan Mahavir Vikalang Sahayata Samiti founder D.R. Mehta and Saurashtra Patel Kelavani Mandal trustee Vallabhbhai Kakadiya spoke about their respective organisations.
The heads of the joint organisers of the camp, MLAs of Ellisbridge and Sabarmati localities, corporators, former mayor, chairmen of different organisations, hospital trustees, beneficiaries were present at the function.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat