Manipur CM distributes free aid to differently-abled persons
Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday distributed free aid and assistive devices to differently-abled persons of the state during the inaugural function of the two-day distribution camps in Imphal.
The event is being organised by the Social Welfare Department in association with Swami Vivekanand National Institute and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack in Odisha under the ADIP scheme for Rs 32 lakh.
According to the social welfare director Ng Uttam Singh, free aids and other assistive devices will be distributed to at least 472 persons with disabilities during the two-day distribution camps.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren Singh observed that nothing is greater than extending help each other and live a life of peaceful co-existence. That is why the state government is concentrating on service to humanity, he added.
Twenty-five-year old Soram Boboy from Sagolband Wahengbam Leikai in Imphal West district was among the 60 beneficiaries and expressed his gratitude to the state government for the assistance.
"I am happy because, for people like me, who are from financially weak family background, such assistance from the state government brought a big relief to the family. And I expressed my gratitude to the government," said Boboy.
Speaking with EastMojo on the sidelines of the inaugural function, Boboy said that over the last 15 years, he was totally depended on his family members since he is unable to move around freely by himself.
"Life has been hard for my family. I am the eldest among the three siblings, but unfortunately, I am unable to support my family financially due to my paralysed condition," he said.
After his parents died in 2015, Boboy’s younger brother, who works at a restaurant in Imphal, has been supporting the family. Now, with the new wheelchair received from the government, Boboy hopes to do things by rather than solely depending on others.
"One of the challenges I am facing is transportation. Even though I wanted to join some skill-training programme, since we don’t have separate transportation facility for a person like me, I have to depend on my family member for movement," said Boboy.
I am unable to attend classes regularly due to the lack of proper transportation facility, he added.
As informed by Boboy, after completing his Class 10, he was forced to drop-out from his further studies due to his disability. However, after a gap of over almost ten years, he is back in the school and studying at Class 11.
The function was also attended by social welfare minister Okram Henry, social welfare commissioner Gyan Prakash, SVNIRTAR director Dr Sakti Prasad Das, state officials and family members/guardians of the beneficiaries.