TN to give modular limbs for differently abled sportspersons

PTI| Updated: Jul 15, 2014, 18:47 PM IST

Chennai: Differently abled sportspersons in Tamil Nadu can now hope to improve their performance as the state government on tuesday announced implementation of a Rs 50 lakh scheme from the current fiscal to provide them modular prosthetic limbs.

Social Welfare Minister B Valarmathi today informed the state Assembly that a maximum of Rs two lakh will be provided to differently abled sportspersons according to the age and need of the beneficiaries.

A total of Rs 50 lakh would be allocated for the scheme, benefitting 25 differently abled sportspersons, she said.

The Minister claimed that modular limb would bring about a remarkable improvement in the performances of differently abled sportspersons at the state and national level sports meets, besides para-olympic events.

She said the Department of Welfare of Differently Abled persons would be digitised and a consulting agency appointed for the purpose at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh.