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Mizoram needs to do more on improving conditions of persons with disabilities

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Mizoram needs to do more on improving conditions of persons with disabilities

Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Person with Disabilities (PwD)chief commissioner Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey on Friday said the Mizoram government has to take more efforts in dealing with the welfare of ‘divyangjan’ or persons with disabilities.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Friday, Pandey, who is camping in Aizawl since his arrival on 25 April said, “Though the state government has done good jobs, there are many gaps in fulfilling the needs of differently abled people. Many things have to be done in order to improve the conditions of ‘divyangjan.”

Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey addresses press conference in Aizawl on Thursday.

“Mizoram is placed under ‘B’ category in term of dealing with the welfare of differently abled people,” he added.

According to the chief commissioner, there are 15,160 differently abled people in Mizoram, according to 2011 general census.

He said that about 11,290 disability certificates were issued till date in the state including 531 certificates issued during the last financial year 2017-18.

He added that the PwD rules of the state have been provisionally notified.

As far as the education of the PwD is concerned, Pandey emphasized that separate department for differently abled persons should be opened in university and different colleges or establish a separate institute for the PwD in order to uplift them in term of education.

Equal opportunity cell should also be established for the PwD, he said.

He further said that special recruitment drive should be conducted by the state government to fill up the backlog for differently abled persons.

Pandey said that 35,690 cases have been registered in the office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) since its inception in September 1998 and 33,957 had been disposed off by the end of March this year.

Pandey also said that the CCPD has organized 40 mobile courts in 21 states across the country to reach out to the PwD and hear their grievances pertaining to availability of the benefits meant for them.

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has conducted camps for distribution of aids and appliance and 9,00,000 people had received aids and appliances in these camps for which Rs 600 crore had been spent, he said.

Under skill development, the center has made a target to train 5 lakh PwD up to 2018 and 25 lakh PwD up to 2022. Till now 44,00 PwD are trained.

According to Pandey, the government is providing 46,000 pre-matric, 30,000 matric and 200 scholarships to research students going for studies abroad.

He said that under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, which came into force from April 2017, categories of disabilities have now become 21 instead of 7.

The central government has also enhanced job reservation for PWD to 4 percent from the existing 3 percent apart from various other facilities under the new act, he added.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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