STATE TIMES NEWS SHOPIAN: District Social Welfare Office, Shopian, organised a camp for providing motorised tricycles and other prosthetic aids to differently-abled persons here. The District Development Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmad presided over the function. Assistant Commissioner Revenue Shahnawaz Shah, Executive Engineer PDD Irshad Hussain, District Information Officer Showkat Ahmad Khan, DSWO Mohammad Shafait, TSWO Farhana Tak, other officials of the department and media persons of the district were also present on the occasion. Dr. Owais held detailed interactions with differently-abled persons and asked them not to let their disabilities overcome their determination to succeed in life. He motivated them to avail benefits under various self-employment schemes of Central and State Government. The DSWO informed the DDC and other participants that presently the department is providing monthly pension of Rs 1000/month to 3100 DAPs involving annual expenditure of Rs 3.72 cr. A total of 122 motorised tricycles, 32 hearing aids, 11 crutches, 5 wheel chairs and 2 walking sticks have been provided to DAPs in last one and a half years, he informed. On the occasion, 16 motorised tricycles and 4 hearing aids were provided to identified beneficiaries by Dr Owais.
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