26-year-old Birla, who is the new Women and Child Development Minister, hoped that such an exercise would bring out the best in these children. Birla has been making surprise checks at various government-run shelters ever since she took charge.
    
"The differently-abled children are made to watch television all day instead of engaging them in various activities for their proper development. Even if a normal person watches TV all the time, he or she will go mad," she said.
    
She said that the government would soon recruit more teachers with expertise in the area of the training of differently-abled children.
    
"I have not yet gone through the files and haven't checked any data. I am at present interested in working on the ground and have been visiting homes to see the actual conditions there," Birla said.
    
"Sanitation is a huge problem at these homes. Also, there is no maintenance of these buildings," she added.
    
She further said that, after a thorough assessment, she will cancel the contracts of food suppliers who are found to be delivering poor quality food items.
    
Birla said that a review would also be held of the 181 helpline, the three-digit emergency number for women in Delhi launched by the previous Congress government.

(Agencies)

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