Kozhikode: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who distributed medical board certificates to differently-abled persons at a function held at JDT Islam auditorium on Thursday, announced that the state would be turned disabled-friendly soon. He added that the five per cent reservation for higher education and four per cent reservation for them in government jobs, declared in the budget, would be implemented soon.
As many as 2404 medical board certificates and 747 legal guardianship certificates were distributed in the function, which was presided over by Labour and Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan. This is the first time that such a mega camp is being held in the state for differently-abled people. Projects worth Rs 250 crore, including Central projects would be implemented in the state. Apart from that a ramp, lift, wheelchair, special toilets and vehicle parking facility in government offices would be arranged. The ‘Anuyathra’ project also will be continued along with these projects.
The event was also attended by Mayor Thottathil Raveendran, A Pradeepkumar MLA, Social Justice secretary P. Biju Prabhakar, Collector UV Jose, assistant collector Snehil Kumar, DMO Asha Devi, composite regional centre director Roshan Bijlee, SNAC chairman D Jacob, councillor P Bijulal and district social justice officer Sheeba Mumthaz CK.
High alert marks CM visit:
The Kozhikode police was not ready to take a chance on Thursday, when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was attending two functions in the district, before heading to Kannur. The entire force was on the road throughout his route, hours before he passed to attend a function in JDT Islam school. Four to five cops were deployed in almost all the junctions, making traffic smooth, especially in front of the educational institutions.
They were checking all vehicles including two-wheelers. The security for the Chief Minister was increased in light of the protest by the fisherfolk in Vizhinjam, and attack on his vehicle. The CM had to leave his vehicle and return in minister Kadakampally Surendran’s car. The Chief Minister headed for Villyappilly and then proceeded to Thalassery after the function in Vellimadukunnu.