Sukinda, Nov 27, 2022: Under the SABAL initiative at Sukinda Chromite Mine of Tata Steel Mining Limited, a Disability Certificate & Aids Distribution Camp was organized on Sunday. Disability Certificate was distributed to 65 PWD’s (Locomotor Disability – 47, Hearing Impairment/Speech Impairment – 10, Cerebral Palsy – 03, Visual Impairment – 03, autism spectrum disorder – 01, Intellectual Disability – 01) from the Sukinda region.
Aids & Appliances distribution was done in collaboration With SV Nirtar to 34 PWD’s and 42 PWD’s in Sukinda and Kalinganagar region respectively. The aids and appliances included 34 tricycles, 8 adult wheel chairs, 2 wheel chairs for children, 21 pairs of axillary crutches, 2 walking sticks and 24 pairs of hearing aids.
The distribution was done on the basis of two days Disability Assessment Camp for Aids & Appliances organized in collaboration with SV NIRTAR, Cuttack earlier in August 2022.
Er Pritiranjan Gharai, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development, Technical Education and Rural Development, Government of Odisha, Dr Shibasish, CDMO, Jajpur and Shri Sanyasi Behera, Undersecretary, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities Department (SSEPD) attended the event along with Shri Pankaj Satija, Managing Director, Tata Steel Mining Limited.
Speaking on the occasion, Er. Pritiranjan Gharai, said “Creating an environment of being inclusive, ensuring dignity and creating empathetic relations is important for the Persons with Disabilities. I am happy that SABAL is promoting this philosophy”.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pankaj Satija, said “More than 2% of our population live with certain kind of disability. Identification, Certification and Saturation has been one of the main objectives of SABAL. Today’s distribution of Certificates and Aids was in line with this objective and was done after a systematic assessment done earlier”.
Er. Gharai also visited and interacted with the students and the faculty of a computer training program for the visually impaired, running at the SABAL initiative with the support of Enable India. Presently, 12 students are being provided computer training under the initiative and the training programme will be completed by month.