Department of Social Welfare through an NGO Path distributed hearing aids, tri-cycles, wheel chairs, walking sticks and auxilla crutches from Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) on Monday at District Social Welfare Office, Diphupar to differently abled persons. Assistant Director, Social Welfare, Khehoto Sema was the chief guest at the function, which was also attended by EAC Chumukedima, Henok Buchem, representatives from Path, ALIMCO and Social Welfare department officials. Dr Tosole, ENT, was the medical officer present during the distribution. A total of 14 hearing aids, 19 tri-cycles, 14 wheel chairs, 8 walking sticks and 62 auxilla crutches were distributed.
The chief guest in his speech informed that the social welfare department was the nodal department for distribution and implementation of various welfare schemes. He also pointed out that the term “differently able person” was to be used in place of handicapped. The assistant director also urged the beneficiaries to avail themselves of identity cards issued by the department and utilize the quota in government jobs including the NPSC. He called upon the different district handicapped unions to form a single unit so that all the problems could be addressed through one body only. He admitted that the department does maintain a proper census on number of disabled persons in the state and at the same time pointed out that it was very difficult to collect the census. Later chief guest urged the beneficiaries not to sell the aids.
Later EAC Chumukedima Henok Buchem distributed the aid to all beneficiaries.
Earlier the programme was chaired by District Welfare Officer (DWO) Tulula Pongen while short speeches were delivered by Dimapur district handicap association Apakajan Seb and a representative from ALIMCO. Vote of thanks was delivered by CDPO (R) Akali Sema.