Records released by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said that in the past four years, TMC made budgetary allocations worth Rs 14.5 crore for making Thane a disabled-friendly city. The civic authorities ended up spending just
Rs 70.66 lakh.
The move has not gone down well with the association of the disabled people. "The money spent for the welfare of physically challenged people clearly reflects the apathy of the TMC," said Mohammed Yusuf Khan, a Mumbra resident, who heads Brihan Maharashtra Apang Vikas Kamghar Sanghatna.
Officials admitted that much more needs to be done for the welfare of the disabled people.
"The civic body needs to first conduct a scientific survey of the number of handicapped people in Thane. Without this data it will be difficult to analyze the need of the people and areas where TMC's assistance could help people overcome their problems," said a TMC official.
He added that TMC should ensure that budgetary provision allocated for the upliftment of the physically challenged does not lapse due to lack of ideas.
Ameya Mogre, president of an organization working for the differently abled, said that most people were unaware of schemes put in place by TMC for them. "TMC should chalk out plans for spreading awareness about availability of funds for the welfare of the physically challenged," he said.
Source: TOI, 2nd March 2015