NEW DELHI: A Kullu based, Chander Abha Mahila Kalyan Mandal has won the national award for Child Welfare for the year 2005. The award was handed over to Dharamveer Dhami, President of the mandal, by Renuka Chaudhary, Union Women Welfare and Child Development Minister and Janardhan Dwivedi, Chairman Parliamentry Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, at a function organised at the Talkatora Garden here in the capital. Dhami received the citation and the Rs 3 lakh cash prize on behalf of the mandal.
The award was presented to Dhami in recognition of the mandal‘s services for welfare of visually impaired, mentally retarded children, and children with multiple disabilities.
Speaking at the function, Dhami informed that the mandal opened a special school for the blind. “At present 21 blind and 31 visually impaired children are getting education and computer training in the school,”he said, adding, “The institution is also providing regular health checkup facilities and medicines to other needy children.”
The institution has organised many camps and has distributed medicines, medical aid and appliances to 57 children. The institution has also encouraged handicapped children to participate in sports and other co-curricular activities like dance, singing, drawing and paining etc.
The organisation is spreading awareness among the people through Gram Panchayat and Anganwadi workers regarding prevention of disability.