Provocative speech by Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai about the welfare programme being taken up for the welfare of the persons with disabilities appeared as just another political gimmick to get applause from the ignorant common people, as she never revealed or tried for a solution that has been going on at his department.
This is not an independent investigation but a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. It says that Braille printer machine procured by the department at the cost of Rs. 63.17 lakhs in August, 2009 remain unused till today. The machine is for printing of books for blind students.
The report said that Commissioner, Social Welfare Department had issued administrative approval of Rupees 63.82 lakhs for purchase of Braille 440 SW Braille Printer from Braillo Noray AS with the objective of establishing a Braille press at the Government Ideal Blind School in May 2013 for printing Braille books for the blind students of Manipur. It added that an amount of rupees 63.17 lakh was paid in June 2009 to the firm. The machine was delivered at the school in August 2009 and was installed in February 2011 after a delay of 19 months.
The CAG report further said that the delay was due to the non-availability of trained/skilled manpower to operate the machine. Though the supplier was responsible to give training regarding operation of the printer, no such training was provided.
The CAG report also added that the expenditure of rupees 63 .17 lakhs has been not fruitful as till today it remain useless till today due to lack of qualified person to operate the machine.