Vadodara, Oct 15 () The central government will set up five
national-level sophisticated sports centres for differently-abled
sportspersons, with an objective of catering to their special needs
like training and diet, Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot announced
"The government has started work on establishing five centres and land
has been acquired for three such centres. They will come up in Madhya
Bharat, Paschim Bharat, Uttar Bharat, South Bharat and East Bharat
(central, west, north, south and east India)," the Social Justice and
Empowerment Minister told reporters here.
Gehlot was in town for overseeing the arrangements for distribution of
tri-cycles, wheel chairs, hearing aids and other such implements to
more than 14,000 divyang people at a function to be held on October 22
in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Three out of five state-of-the-art centres will be set up in Punjab,
Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, with an aim to provide special
training and support to sportsmen who are differently-abled.
"Setting up of two more such centres depends upon two concerned state
governments (considering availability of land). (The aim is) to cater
to the special needs of training, diet etc of differently-abled
sportsmen. We have already been provided land by governments of Madhya
Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh," Gehlot said.
He said the facilities will be set up at Zirakpur in Punjab, Ujjain in
MP and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
"We want to adopt the best practices and parameters in force at
recently concluded Rio 2016 Paralympics. A detailed project report is
being prepared and we will initiate construction of buildings soon,"
the minister said.
He said as part of 'Accessible India" campaign, 50 cities (A and B)
have been shortlisted, where 100 "most important government buildings"
will be converted into fully accessible buildings in future. (MORE)
CORR NSK KIS
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
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