On their day, disabled fall prey to false message in Sangrur
Sangrur, December 3
Hundreds of physically challenged persons had a harrowing time due to a fake message circulated on the International Day of Disabled Persons here today.
Following a message on social media that Monday was the last day to get registered for unique identity card for the disabled, about 1,500 such persons rushed to the local civil hospital, only to learn that the information was false. The authorities had a tough time dealing with them.
Some of them raised slogans against the health authorities. Kala Singh of Ugraha village said: “Nearly 50 persons came from my village to apply for unique IDs, but there was no such arrangement. We came here following a message on social media and announcement at our village gurdwara.
Dr Kirpal Singh, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), said they had asked people to come only to apply for new disability certificates during a special camp. “But some persons spread wrong information that the camp is being organised to apply for unique ID numbers also, which led to a huge rush,” he said.
“Though we all faced serious problems, we issued 550 disability certificates and filled 785 forms for the issuance of unique IDs. I will take up the matter with my seniors for the identification of persons who spread false information in villages,” the SMO said.