~ Innauguarates facility from the funds he provided at ADAPT, Bandra centre ~
Mumbai, 26th April, 2012: Every Member of Parliament in India is given Rs. 5 crores every year under the MPLADS – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme for him/her to use for public welfare. Film director Shyam Benegal, whose 6 year term as MP ended on 15th of February this year, sanctioned 25 lakh from the MP fund for the procurement of aids and appliances for differently-abled people at the Able Disable All People Together (ADAPT, formerly the Spastics Society of India) centre at their Bandra centre.
Dr. Mithu Alur (centre), Founder Chairperson, ADAPT & Mr. Shyam Benegal helps to fix the harness of a child with disability from Dharavi, whose wheelchair has been brought by the fund provided by Mr. Benegal when he was a Rajya Sabha MP. He gave 25 lakh to ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together (formerly the Spastics Society of India) from the MPLAD Fund – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund which got this child her wheelchair.
The funds provided by Mr. Benegal have been used to get equipments for the Greenstone Digital Library Unit; the Therapy Aids and Appliances Unit; the Audiology, Speech therapy and Communication Aids Unit and the Strengthening and Fitness Training Unit. These units were inaugurated by Mr. Benegal today as ADAPT celebrates its Annual Day. The chief guests for the occasion were Mr. Peter Beckingham, British Deputy High Commissioner and Ms. Sonal Desai, General Manager, CSR, HPCL.
Shyam Benegal and Mrs. Jill Beckingham, wife of the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Peter Beckingham, inaugurate the “Audiology, Speech Therapy & Communication Aids Unit” that has been made possible by the Rs. 25 lakh that Mr. Shyam Benegal gave to ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together (formerly the Spastics Society of India) from the MPLAD Fund – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund while he was an MP of the Rajya Sabha.
“First of all I support all initiatives to do with children and adults with disability. Secondly ADAPT has been doing exceptionally good work for the last 40 years. So when the chance came to give them something back, I took it up. Unfortunately I could not give more than 25 lakh since that is the limit for NGOs,” Shyam Benegal said while inaugurating the centre today.
Dr. Mithu Alur, Founder-Chairperson, ADAPT said, “We went to Mr. Benegal with a request for funds to get some aids and appliances for our ADAPT centre in Mumbai. He told us to apply and send a proposal. When the need was confirmed, he sanctioned 25 lakh from the MP fund immediately. We didn’t even have to remind him about it. In a world where most of the MP funds meant to be used for welfare of the masses is rarely utilised by most MPs, it is heartening to see him being so proactive. If most of the MPs and MLAs were like him, this nation would be a much better place.”
Shyam Benegal & Mrs. Sonal Desai, General Manager, CSR-HPCL with Mrs. Jill Beckingham, (wife of the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Peter Beckingham) in the back ground inaugurate the “Therapy Aids &Appliances Unit” that has been made possible by the Rs. 25 lakh that Mr. Shyam Benegal gave to ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together from the MPLAD Fund – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund while he was an MP of the Rajya Sabha.
The investment of the money done on the centre, will end up helping hundreds of children and adults with disability who avail of the facilities in the ADAPT centre.
ADAPT (Able Disabled All People Together), formerly ‘The Spastics Society of India, was founded by Padmashri Dr. Mithu Alur in 1972. From a special school with only three children, it has grown to become one of the foremost non-profit organizations in India providing services like assessment, therapy, counseling, inclusive education, skill training and job placement to thousands of children and young adults with disability and their families. Today ADAPT has evolved to become a seminal organization that interacts with national and international organizations, public & private sector bodies and government agencies at all levels to influence policy changes that impact marginalized groups across the country. In 2012 ADAPT is celebrating four decades of serving the nation through various programs.
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