Chandigarh, 13th September 2018: Sh. V.P. Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh, interacted with the staff and representatives of Parents’ Association to strengthen and upgrade the facilities for children with disabilities at Government Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID), Chandigarh today.
Advisor to Administrator Sh. Parimal Rai, Home Secretary Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, Finance Secretary Sh. A.K. Sinha, Director GRIID, Dr B. S. Chavan, Sh. Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer, Sh. Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Chandigarh Administration and other representatives from various Departments of Chandigarh were also present in the meeting.
The Administrator has desired that Chandigarh Administration should be sensitive towards need of disabled friendly and directed all the departments to make Chandigarh the first disable friendly city in the country. He has also desired to see Chandigarh among the top 10 cities in the world.
It has been decided in the meeting that hostel facility shall be made for male and female special children, especially for female trainees who come from neighbouring states to provide them safe and affordable accommodation. Sh. Parimal Rai, Adviser to the Administrator also emphasized in bringing world class facility for disable persons in Chandigarh.
Another important suggestion was given by the Administrator to make changes in all the outsourced contracts in UT Chandigarh to make a mandatory provision of 1% reservation for children with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities. In another major move, the Administrator has decided to arrange additional Rs.3.00 crores for the screening of all pregnant ladies and children so that the number of disabilities is brought down in Chandigarh.
Keeping in mind the provisions of children with special needs who have lost their parents, the Administrator has also proposed a suitable building wherein a special scheme ‘Gharaunda’ of National Trust can be implemented for at least 30 families.
Various other segments were given importance to improve the infrastructure at GRIID like provision for lift for wheelchair bound children so that they can easily move around, a multipurpose hall GRIID which shall be disabled friendly. A playground for these children will also be completed by next month. Apart from this, housing options for the economically weaker sections at GRIID will be explored in Maloya.