CCPD advises Admn. to ensure welfare of Divyangjans in isles

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
8 May 2017

The Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD),  Govt, of  India, Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey reviewed the progress of  implementation of PwD Act 1995 in these islands by the local administration. Speaking to scribes in the Conference Hall of  the office of the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman last Saturday, Dr Pandey said that after his arrival to these islands, he held a series of meetings with State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Ms. Richa, DSW, Secretary (Social Welfare), Smt Rashmi Singh and Committee of Secretaries comprising Secretary Education, Health, Transport, Rural Development, Public Works Department, Municipal Council, Personnel, Labour & Employment and Zilla Parishad Chairman to review the progress on implementation of the provisions of the PwD Act 1995 for safeguarding the Rights & Privileges of the differently abled persons residing in the Islands.
“During the meetings, stress was laid on filling up of  vacancies reserved for PwDs on priority by conducting special recruitment drives. Instructions have also been issued to organize awareness generation programme in remote islands to sensitize differently-abled people about their rights and privileges. Meetings were also held with the Lt. Governor, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and the Chief Secretary, Mr Anindo Mazumdar to discuss new initiatives and programmes for the welfare and rehabilitation of the differently-abled persons of these islands,” he informed.
Social Security & Rehabilitation of Divyangjan is an important issue in India. The National Policy recognizes that Divyangjan are valuable human resources for the country and seeks to create an environment that provides them opportunities, protection of their rights and full participation in the society. I feel that this can bring positive change in the mindset of people towards Divyangjan, who are an integral part of our society and best possible efforts and initiatives should be taken by all departments for their care, education, training, development, employment, participation and rehabilitation in the society, said Dr Pandey.
During the meeting with the Committee of Secretaries, programmes and services for PwDs in the Islands were discussed mainly pertaining to number of beneficiaries under different programmes and schemes, with special reference to education, training, employment and rehabilitation of the disabled. Status of implementation of various schemes of financial assistance, disability pension, scholarship, allocation of shops and kiosks, health care schemes by the Administration for the welfare of Divyangjan in the islands was also discussed during the meeting, informed the CCPD.
There is need for special educators and training programmes in the territory for better development, vocational training and rehabilitation of Divyangjan, said Dr Pandey stressing on the need for opening of an institute for Special Educators/ Teachers training for strengthening the community based rehabilitation programmes in these islands. Dr Pandey also proposed opening of such institute with the assistance and cooperation of Rehabilitation Council of India and broader eyeview of the new Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016 implemented w.e.f. 19th April, 2017 and to act swiftly on implementation of the provision of the Act as per the directives of the Apex Court. The CCPD also lauded the role of NGOs particularly Sahyog, Sahara, Chinmaya Mission, Salvation Fellowship Trust, Mahavir Sewa Sadan, Inner Wheel Club and A & N Handicapped welfare organization for their concerted efforts for the development and rehabilitation of Divyangjan in these islands.