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Jamshedpur, May 5: For more than 6,000 specially abled people living in far-flung areas of East Singhbhum district, it will no longer be a lonely trek to the district civil surgeonís office in Sakchi for disability certificates.

For, a unique project launched by Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar here today will henceforth ensure free of cost transportation for them.

Launched after a discussion between the MP and district civil surgeon Vibha Sharan, the project envisages development officers, attached to the MPís office in Jamshedpur, making rounds of various rural areas and interacting with local BDOs to identify physically challenged and disabled persons.

After identifiying the beneficaries, the officers will help them with paperwork such as fetching certificates from registered doctors and filling up forms.

Thereafter, they will arrange conveyance for them to travel to the district civil surgeonís office at Sakchi in Jamshedpur on specified dates to get their disability certificates. This would, in turn, pave the way for them to enjoy various government benefits enshrined under Persons With Disability (PWD) Act.

According to government norms, a disability certificate can only be issued by a medical board, which is led by district civil surgeon. As of now, the medical board at East Singhbhum meets on the 5th, 15th and 25th day of every month.

Day One of the project saw seven disabled from Mosaboni block of Ghatshila, around 40km from the city, making their way to the civil surgeonís office in a hired SUV.

Speaking to The Telegraph later, Chanchal Garg, MP Kumarís representative, said that the administration would be hiring vehicles for ferrying the disabled.

ďToday, we pushed an SUV into service that ferried the disabled from Mosaboni. Apart from cars, we will also hire buses and other vehicles ó depending on the numbers. The number of disabled would only become clear after the identification drive by our development officers gets over,Ē Garg said.

She added that once they had the numbers, they would chalk out travel plans accordingly, to and from the civil surgeonís office on the specific date.

The project will be operational throughout the year, and would primarily target rural and in some cases the urban poor, who were disabled.

ďWe also plan to educate them about their rights and then get them to pick up their certificates,Ē Garg said, adding that they would also hold a health camp for the disabled in the month of July.

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