Disabled children assured assistance


 Social Welfare Minister Mahadev Naik on Wednesday said the government would extend all educational schemes, including loan free educational scheme, to the disabled in the state.
He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day We Care film fest at the Ravindra Bhavan here organized by the Disability Rights Association of Goa and Brotherhood, New Delhi, in collaboration with Kala Academy, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao and BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. Chairman of Ravindra Bhavan Damu Naik was present at the inaugural function.
The minister said government would extend all possible help and assistance to the disabled children in Goa. “There are around 2.19 crore disabled persons across the country. The 2001 population census has put the total number of disabled in Goa to 15,749. The figure might have gone up now to around 20,000,” Naik said.
The Social Welfare Minister has reiterated his request to the Centre to sanction funds to the tune of Rs 50 crore to implement schemes for the disabled in Goa. “I had put forth my request during my visit to Delhi. I have not received any communication from the Centre till date,” he said, while promising to pursue the matter with the Centre.
Outlining the aims and objectives of the festival, founder President of We Care festival, Satish Kapoor, said the aim of the film festival is not merely to create awareness about disability issues through the medium of films, but also to give a fillip to the rights-based approach where persons with disability are considered human beings first. [H]