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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Guj to get institute for the mentally challenged: Gehlot - AHMEDABAD

Gujarat will get a national- level institute focusing on treatment and development of mentally challenged persons, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said here today.

The minister made the announcement while speaking at the inaugural event of a workshop under Centre's Accessible India Campaign.

Gujarat Social Justice and Empowerment minister Ramanlal Vora had made a demand for such a centre to the Central government.

"Ramanbhai Vora has asked for something...let me announce that Centre will provide all support and will work towards setting up a national institute and Gujarat will get it soon," he said.

The institution will have various facilities related to treatment, training, skill development of mentally challenged people, he said.

Gehlot said his Ministry has completed the formalities on using "divyang" as the term for differently-abled persons after a call for the same was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat'.

"People have accepted the term 'divyang' for differently-abled persons after the call made by the Prime Minister. And therefore, my ministry has also completed the formality on nomenclature 'divyang'," he said.

He said four Gujarat cities are among 50 selected by his ministry under the Accessible India Programme where 100 buildings in each city will be made disabled-friendly.

"The four cities selected in Gujarat are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat. In the first phase, 100 buildings will be identified in each city which will get ramp, lift, sign language and toilet facilities, among other things which are disabled-friendly," the minister said.

Source : PTI , 21st May 2016 

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