Srinagar- The Rehabilitation therapists have urged the government to provide them with jobs. The BRT graduates said they had pursued their degrees with high hopes but in absence of jobs they have been left to fend for themselves.
Speaking to Kashmir Observer, the ‘unemployed’ Rehabilitation therapists said specially-abled people from lower middle class families in Kashmir cannot afford to visit private clinics and are not able to get proper treatment or rehabilitation therapy because of the high treatment costs.
“We are trained and qualified professionals having a Bachelor’s Degree in rehabilitation. We have pursued our degrees for four and half years which are monitored by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)” said Mehraj Din Joo, who has completed his graduation from CRC Bemina.
“We have been trained specifically to deliver the rehabilitation services to the specially-abled persons of the society, especially children suffering from various kinds of disabilities but in absence of jobs we have forgotten all that we had learnt.” Mehraj Din added.
They further said that people suffering from mental retardation, neurological problems, locomotor disability, impaired vision, autism speech and language problems and cerebral palsy are at the receiving end.
Barjeesa Mohiuddin, another aspirant eyeing a job in the Health Department said that from hearing impairment to visual disability, rehabilitation therapists are trained to help specially-abled people overcome these disabilities.
“The number of persons with disabilities is increasing and the government needs to avail the services of these trained professionals. Around 4 years back, the health department had proposed creation of 90 posts, till date no creation has been accorded.” Barjeesa said.
It is pertinent to mention, the Health and Medical Education Department vide Order No.HD/189/2017 29.5.2019 had asked the Directors of the health department Kashmir and Jammu to submit a proposal for creation of the posts of Rehabilitation Therapists in J&K. The proposals were submitted by the Directors of health services Jammu / Kashmir.
The Director Health Kashmir vide his letter No.DHSK/ Plg / Creation/19/2001 on 16.09.2019 recommended 90 posts of Rehabilitation Therapists at the District hospitals, Sub-District hospitals, PHCs and Community Health Centers (CHCs) across Kashmir.
Almost four years have passed but the Government has not created these posts. The Director Composite Regional Center-CRC Bemina Srinagar vide his letter No.CRC/Sgr/state-corps /21/195 Dated 4.08.2021 addressed to Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department urged for the early creation of these posts but till now the government is yet to respond positively.
The Rehabilitation therapists pinned hope that the LG administration will come to their rescue and will order the creation of posts.
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