Centre to set up sports centre for differently-abled

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 23:04 IST

The central government has proposed to set up a National Sports Centre for Persons with Disabilities.

Making the announcement at the inauguration of the three-day Fourth National Abilympics 2014 at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Sector 26, on Monday, union social justice minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said that said the central government would has sent proposals for the project to various state governments.

"We will set up the centre in the state that is willing to provide at least 10 acres of land for it," he said.

The minister also declared a cash prize of `26,000 for those who win gold, `15,000 for silver and `11,000 bronze at the ongoing games. He said ministry had set aside `16 lakh to award winners of the event and promised to provide financial assistance for winners of the tournament to train for the International Abilympics to be held in France in 2016.

Gehlot also declared that a National Paralympics would be held in the country in 2015.

Stuti Kacker, secretary, department of disability affairs, central government, said gold winners must be given intensive training and special equipment for the international sporting event.

The first day of the event saw 14 events, such as making artificial limbs, basket making, creating web pages, dress designing, mechanical assembly, photography, poster, wood carving, poetry and electronic assembly competitions were held.

Gehlot showed particular interest in wood carving as well as waste recycling, adding he also knew carpentry.

An award of `10,000 was given to Vatika School for the Hearing Impaired and Sadhna School for Mentally Challenged.

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