Jammu, December 3: Governor Satya Pal Malik participated in a functionorganised by the Department of School Education to celebrate the ‘World Disability Day’, here today.
Sh. Khurshid Ganai, Advisor to Governor; Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Sh. Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Sh. Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Secretary School Education; Sh. Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Jammu; Sh. M. Iqbal Lone, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities; Prof. Veena Pandita, Chairperson JKBOSE were present on the occasion.
Governor emphasised the need to provide best possible facilities for the holistic development of persons with Special needs and stressed development of suitable infrastructure and institutions tofacilitate their adjustment in society.
Appreciating the activities of the School Education Department including organising sports events, providing transport facilities etc for taking care of varied interests of the Specially Abled students, Governor highlighted the need to donate liberally for helping Specially Abled persons in coping up with the routine life and honing their talents.
Lauding the cultural performances presented by the Specially Abled children, Governor announced cash awards for the performers and anchors of the cultural programme and institution of ‘J&K Government Scholarship for the Differently Abled Students’ under which scholarship of Rs 1 lakh each will be awarded every year to a meritorious specially abled boy and girl student.
Governor announced 5 dayorientation programme for 30 children with special needs at Bangalore, Karnataka and an exposure visit to Mansar on 4thDecember, 2018 for the children performing in the function.
Governor expressed high appreciation for his portrait sketched by Sh. Rahul and the performances of Master Zahid and Ms. Kalash Bandral on the occasion.
7 Specially Abled Archersundergoing training at the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Sports Complex, Katra, also displayed their archery skills before Governor on the occasion.
Advisor Ganai spoke about various initiatives launched by the Government for the welfare of Specially Abled people and stressed the need to generate awareness for promoting their welfare.
Sh. Ajeet Kumar Sahu Secretary School Education, in his Welcome Address highlighted the activities of School Education Department being done for thechildren with special needs.
Sh. Tufail Matoo, SPD, Samagra Shiksha, presented a Vote of Thanks.