Khasi Disabilities Association calls on CM with list of demands

SHILLONG, Mar 28: The Khasi Disabilities Association (KDA) today called on Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma in his office and submitted a charter of demands seeking his interventions.

In their memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the KDA urged the Meghalaya government for the full implementation of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

The association also urged the government to fully implement four percent reservation policy for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

“The association requests the government to appoint one member in the MPSC and in all the 11 DSCs to look after the job appointment for the persons with disabilities,” the KDA ststed in its memorandum.

The association also requested the government to make the identification of post for the PWDs before sending their advertisements to the MPDC and the DSCs.

The KDA also wants the authorities to extend five percent of the special allotment permit for local taxis for PWDs who want to apply loan under the National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation Limited.

The association also informed the Chief Minister that various Block Development Officers do not grant schemes under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G) to PWDs despite they being eligible beneficiaries registered in the BPL list.

It may be pointed out that as per The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 five percent should be reserved for PWDs under the PMAY-G scheme.

The KDA also requested the state government to fill up the unappointed vacancies through “special recruitment drive”-backlog recruitment as per the Act of 2016.

The KDA also wants that the government should increase the unemployment allowance for those disabled persons who have cleared their Tenth Standard onwards from Rs 1000 to Rs 3000.

The Chief Minister has assured to look into their grievances.

Conrad has called for a joint meeting of the organisation along with the officials of the concern departments and Minister Social Welfare after the Budget Session next month.

The Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to the grievances and has assured that on a priority basis the issues of concern for the disabilities would be look at.

He also assured to look into various other requests of the organisation with regard to development of infrastructure for disabilities and other facilities which are to be made available to them.