Prof. Nirmal Gupta interacts with 84 disabled children in Arai village

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Prof. Nirmal Gupta, Chairperson & Minister of State, J&K State Social Welfare Board visited Arai village of Mandi Tehsil, District Poonch and interacted with the locals. During the interaction with the locals, she was informed that there are 84 disabled persons, mostly children in Village Arai, who were born normal abut after they reached the age of 5 years they developed physical disabilities. The Chairperson directed the District authorities to immediately set up medical camps, in the village to find out the root cause of the problem, so that remedial measures can be taken to prevent any further disabilities, especially amongst the children. Prof Gupta was accompanied by Executive Director & Secretary J&K State Social Welfare Board, Aamir Ali, Tehsildar Mandi, Syed Abid Hussain Shah, Block Development officer Mandi, Yar Ali Khan, Tehsil Social Welfare Officer Mandi, Mohammed Nisar Choudhary, District Tourist Officer Mohammed Akram, Molvi Mohammed Fareed and Kasturi Lal prominent Social Workers. Prof. Gupta directed BDO Mandi to construct Medical Aid Centre at Arai and construct household latrines for all the 84 disabled families. She directed Tehsil Social Welfare Officer to conduct special camps in the village, for issuance of Disability Certificates to all the persons with disabilities and ensure their coverage under disability pension. She also asked Tehsildar Mandi to personally monitor the implementation of the instructions given. Dr Gupta later held a detailed meeting with Deputy Commissioner Poonch Mohammed Haroon Malik with regard the issues related to the disabled children of Arai village. Dr Gupta also inspected various Creche Centres in Tehsil Mendhar and Poonch as well as Family Counselling Centre at Surankote.

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