Union ministry of social justice and empowerment has handpicked the mission director of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Jharkhand, for a coveted award for his contribution towards setting up a local level committee in Hazaribagh that helped people with intellectual disabilities.
Manish Ranjan will receive the Spandan Best Local Level Committee award at a function in New Delhi on September 4.
Ranjan, a 2002 batch IAS officer and an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), had conceptualised the project for mentally challenged people during his tenure as Hazaribagh DC.
The project offered legal guardianship to 486 such disabled persons between January to March 2013.
Ranjan said, “We conducted a survey across all the 267 panchayats in Hazaribagh and identified 486 persons who required legal guardians (in addition to their parents) for enjoying the benefits of social schemes. People who volunteered to become the legal guardians were then selected and we kept a track on how they were helping out their wards.”
The National Trust for welfare of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities under the ministry confers the Spandan awards to intellectually-disabled people, their parents, professionals and organisations for their extraordinary achievements in the wake of adversities and challenges they face.
State chief secretary R.S. Sharma has received an official letter from the ministry in this regard on August 26.