Social Welfare including Womens and Childrens Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development and Beggar Homes, Welfare of the Differently Abled and Social Reforms and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
Secretary to Government
C. Vijayaraj Kumar, IAS ( Principal Secretary to Government )
Tamil Nadu has always been a pioneer in the implementation of welfare schemes for all sections of socially disadvantaged groups.
In order to provide effective rehabilitation services to the differently abled persons, during 1993, a separate Directorate for the Rehabilitation of the Differently Abled Persons was formed by bifurcating the Directorate of Social Welfare. A comprehensive State Policy for the Welfare of the Differently Abled Persons was released first time by this Government during 1994. As per the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, this Directorate was upgraded as Office of the State Commissioner for the Differently Abled during 1999 and a Officer in the cadre of Indian Administrative Service was appointed as a State Commissioner for the Differently Abled Persons.
With a view to eliminate the social view attached to the description of persons based on their disability namely physically handicapped, blind, deaf etc., it was announced by the Government to refer to them as Differently Abled Persons. For the Welfare of the differently abled persons a separate administrative department was formed at the Secretariat, ie. Welfare of the Differently Abled Persons Department.
Awareness is being spreaded among public to accept them as natural partners of growth and provide them access to various services and equal participation in social life to form an inclusive society.
The Government of Tamil Nadu through various policies and initiatives have extended full support to the Differently Abled Persons in their pursuit of full and equal involvement in every aspect of society. Various schemes have been announced by the Government to make sure that the differently abled persons are in equal status with Society.
The thrust areas of Government are as follows
1)Prevention of disabilities
2)Early detection and intervention
4)Providing Special Education
5)Development of professionals for rehabilitation
6)Provision for assistive devices
7)Education and economic empowerment including self-employment
8)Formation of barrier free environment Social security.
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