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Winners of National Abilympics to get cash: Minister
The winners of National Abilympics will now get a cash prize, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Monday.
Speaking at the inauguration of 4th National Abilympics in Chandigarh, Gehlot said the winners at the event will get Rs21,000 each, whereas the second and third place holders will get Rs15,000 and Rs11,000 respectively. The Minister said Government of India will provide all possible assistance to bring the people with disabilities lead a normal life. Each individual has some ability/talent and the need is to bring it out through education and training, he said.
Gehlot said that such people need to be inspired and their talent promoted. He congratulated the parents of specially-abled children and others espousing their cause, for it was a service that required much perseverance and patience.
The Minister elaborated on the various schemes of the Government of India which are meant to facilitate treatment of disability, providing them financial aid for equipments, education and vocational training so that such persons come to parity with others and lead a normal life, without pity from any quarters. The Minister said that his Ministry will try to bring on board the corporate sector also for the cause of those with disabilities, by including it in their CSR activities. He further said the Ministry will also look at the possibility of holding the International Abilympics in India in the future.
The Minister also announced a cash award of Rs10,000 each to the children of Sadhna Vocational Training Centre for Disabled Children, Manimajra and Vatika School who performed at the inaugural Event.
Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, said the holding of Abilympics not only provides hope to people with disabilities, but also furthers the cause of their inclusive-ness with the main stream. These people need proper recognition of their abilities and talents and not charity. She expressed hope that at the next International Abilympics in 2016, India will come out with flying colours.
Abilympics are vocational, leisure and living skill competitions for persons with disabilities and provide them a platform to showcase and enhance their skill and talent. International Abilympics were first held in Japan in 1981. In India, this is the fourth National Abilympics, which is being held for three days. 410 contestants and 150 organisations are taking part in 33 different skill contests in this event.
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