Mysore, Sept. 22 (LH&KMC)- The District Physically Challenged Persons' Rehabilitation Centre located in Tilak Nagar in city, which had been closed down four years ago following the stopping of Central grants, is slated to start functioning once again with grants from the State Government.

The Physically Challenged and Senior Citizens' Welfare Department has decided to submit a proposal to the State Government seeking a grant of ` 1 crore for reviving the Centre.

The physically challenged persons, who could avail financial and educational assistance from the Centre only on a temporary basis till its closure four years ago, can avail continued assistance, along with medical facilities, once the Centre reopens.

Under the proposal, it will have an artificial limb centre with a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit, physical and professional treatment facilities and an aural care unit.

With this, the machineries lying unused at the Centre will be made functional once again, after re-appointing 18 of its technicians and other staff who had been deputed to various other departments after the Centre’s closure.

The Women and Child Welfare Centre that had been functioning in Tilak Nagar will be shifted elsewhere, it is learnt.

This District Physically Challenged Persons' Rehabilitation Centre is one among the 11 set up by the Central Government all over the country, in association with the US-based National Research and Rehabilitation Centre and UNICEF.

The Centre, which began functioning in a room in the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) on Oct. 2, 1983, had identified T. Narasipura taluk as its experimental area. It was shifted to a new building in Tilak Nagar in 1990, extending its activities to Mysore, Kodagu, Hassan and Chamarajanagar districts.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore