Sports are essential to imbue confidence in differently abled persons and society has a responsibility to ensure their well-being, District Collector N. Yuvaraj said while inaugurating the district-level sports meet for the differently abled. He was the chief guest at the one-day district-level sports meet organised by the Department for Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens at Andhra University Grounds here on Monday. Visakha East MLA Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu, Visakha South MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Lalam Bhavani were present.
The district administration organised screening camps in three Assembly segments in the district for the differently abled persons and eligible persons would be provided aids like callipers, artificial limbs by Central government organisation ALIMCO. All efforts are being made to complete the recruitment of differently abled persons under the quota reserved for them. Under the Janmabhoomi programme, pensions were given to a large number of eligible persons, he added.
“Going around in the open air gives a different kind of confidence in the persons and participation in sports gives a sense of achievement,” Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said.
The disabilities were more due to genetic factors and mishaps, G. Narasimhulu, Assistant Director, Department for Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens, pointed out. There were fewer persons with disability due to polio, he added. “There are over 1,500 persons participating in eight events in different categories,” he explained.
After taking the salute of the contingents of 12 institutions from in and around the city, the MLA of Visakha South declared the sports meet open.
Differently abled students with different levels of disabililty competed in events like running race, shotput and javelin throw, chess, caroms, cricket, volleyball and tricycle race.
1,500 persons taking part in eight events in different categories
Assistant Director, Department for Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens