Chief Minister Pema Khandu today made an visit to the Donyi Polo Mission School For The Hearing Impaired (DPMSHI) at Chimpu along with Home Minister Kumar Waii to spend time with the differently-abled school children.
The Chief Minister coincided his visit with the 2016 birthday anniversary of his eldest son, who is presently in Tawang. “Today is the birthday of my eldest son and will like to celebrate with you all,” expressed Khandu conveying his deepest love and care for the special kids. He was deeply moved by the rhythmic resonance of the songs the special kids sang earlier to welcome him.
“I had always wanted to meet you all. But due to my busy schedule couldn’t visit you earlier,” said the Chief Minister and apologized for not been able to pay visit earlier. He said the purpose of his visit was to get an understanding of the problems faced by the school and to assure of its well being. Khandu thanked former Chief Minister Gegong Apang for dedicating the school to educate the differently-abled children. “It’s because of him that our state’s differently-abled children are able to pursue the goal of their dreams,” he said.
To meet additional expenses for the school due to its growing student intake and teaching staffs, Khandu announced to add Rs 2 crore to the existing Rs 5 crore corpus funds, which was contributed earlier by former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu. The Chief Minister promised to support the school in every way he could, as he announced a mini-bus for the school and a new common hall, which would be constructed this year. He also asked the school authority to submit the list of procurement required for the school such as drinking water and teaching kits.
Upon his visit to the classrooms and inspection of the teaching devices, the Chief Minister asked the authority to provide students with all latest devices to be used for activities of daily living, learning materials, low vision aids, special mobility aids, various types of hearing aids, educational kits and other assistive devices suitable for the special kids. He promised the support of the state government to meet all these requirements. Also to meet up the shortage of hostel facilities due to increase in intake, the Chief Minister announced to come up with a new hostel project to be taken within this year.
Khandu appreciated and thanked the school faculties for their dedication and hard work in taking good care of the special kids and assured the children of help from the state government. The students expressed their joy with the visit of Chief Minister and his kind gesture to celebrate the day with them.