SW director vows justice to differently-abled persons

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 12th Oct: In its attempt to make Manipur a friendly state for the differently-abled persons, social welfare department has decided to organise mega camps in every district of the state where disability certificates, necessary aid/appliances and unique ID cards would be provided to the differently-abled persons.

This was disclosed by social welfare director Jacintha Lazarus while speaking during the inaugural function of a two-day long awareness programme on 'Rights to Persons with Disabilities Act 2016' at Tampha Hotel, North AOC on Thursday. The function was organised under the joint aegis of State Platform of Disabled People’s Organisation (SPDPO), MANEDA, SHISU SOROTHI and Light for the World.

Speaking as chief guest, Jacinta Lazarus appealed to the people of the state to provide feedback and suggestions for drafting certain rules and regulations in favour of differently-abled persons so that they could be led in the right direction.

She further informed that process is underway to make all buildings of government departments accessible to differently-abled persons. As for her department, a separate budget has been allocated for the purpose of making the department building conveniently accessible. It will make sure that at least 50 government buildings are made accessible to differently persons. Even school authorities have been instructed to make necessary arrangements for ensuring accessibility of differently-abled persons.

Jacintha went on to convey that the cabinet meeting on Wednesday had decided to take up specific welfare schemes for the differently-abled persons. Among the schemes include free education, special fund, provision for self-employment generation, etc. “Though the department was not able to take up various programmes for due to lack of funds, it would now be able to perform all pending works since the funds allotted for the differently abled persons have been increased.

Now we can make the state a differently-abled friendly one,” she said with confidence.

The director also said that a unique ID card will be provided which will have a unique number. The ID cards will be distributed during the mega camps which are proposed to start from November. With the help of the ID cards, differently-abled persons will be able to access all the benefits of different welfare schemes. They would also be able to enjoy concession while travelling.

As part of the proposed mega camps, medical camps will also be conducted wherein assessment of differently abled persons will be carried out and disability certificates will be provided to those who have not received the certificates, the director disclosed.

Presided over by SPDPO president Yunus Khan, the function was also attended by MANEDA chairman, Peter Rongnamei as guest of honour and child welfare officer of the department L Dhaneshwar as resource person.

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