Dept boon for special citizens


Bhubaneswar: July 1: Senior citizens, transgenders and persons with disabilities can now expect a better deal from the state government, which has set up a separate department for them.Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities department. For the moment, it would function from the premises of state institute of disability rehabilitation at the Capital Hospital.

Minister of women and child development Usha Devi is heading the department.Till now, there was only a directorate working under the women and child welfare department for the persons with disabilities, but there was no full-fledged department and nothing whatsoever for the welfare of senior citizens and transgenders.

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