Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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CM opens deaf and dumb care home
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 22
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, inaugurated a newly built eight-room hostel on the premises of the Deaf and Dumb Children Care Home here today.

The hostel has been constructed at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, which was raised through public contributions, with the concerted efforts made by Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner and his wife Mrs Sangeeta Roy, who is the chairperson of the District Red Cross Society. The hostel will facilitate at least 64 deaf and dumb children of the Centre. The hostel has all modern facilities and all the rooms are equipped with all sorts of furniture etc.

The hostel, it may be recalled, was set up in 1989 with the main objective of improving the lot of deaf and dumb children in the area. The number of children has gone up to 122 and they are studying from nursery to class VIII. Initially, a primary school was set up for such children but it was upgraded to middle class standard in the year 2001. The parents of the wards have urged the state government to upgrade the school upto matriculation level. The Chief Minister praised the social and welfare as well as voluntary organisations, who had contributed Rs 35 lakh for the construction of the hostel and called upon the people to contribute more amount for improving the lot of such children.


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