The school for deaf and blind in Patiala has finally seen a ray of hope coming from unexpected quarters.
Acting on a report published in Hindustan Times (dated July 29), Patiala deputy commissioner (DC) GK Singh swung into action and promised to do his best for the school.
Forty-five years since its inception in 1967, the school has been running mainly on donations, and has received no grants from the state government.
The school has been recognised by the central and state governments. It has also been registered under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.
On Monday, Singh sent a team of six members to see the functioning of the school. Singh has also invited Colonel (retd) Karminder, secretary of the school, for a meeting on Tuesday.
Singh said, "The six-member team, which is visiting the school, has already started working. I have asked them to prepare a report regarding funds. Within next three days, the report will be sent to the chief minister and the women and child welfare department."
Singh assured that he would try to get grants for the school for special children.
The school's ambitious plans to expand and accommodate more students have hit a roadblock due to the fund crunch. Its upcoming hostel will cater to 300 deaf and 150 blind children.
Meanwhile, Karminder, secretary of the school, said, "For the past decade we have been knocking at the doors of the centre and state governments seeking grants. Finally, something positive seems to be happening. Our prayers seem to have been answered."
He said the visit by the district administration team to the school on Monday was a pleasant surprise. joint holding of nine families comprising 63 members.