Shillong, Sep 21: Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar on Tuesday said that his Ministry is all committed to build an inclusive society for people with disabilities.
Dr. Kumar was on a visit to Shillong where he held a meeting with officials of the Department of Social Welfare and other working NGOs.
The Minister said that people with disabilities are an integral part of human resources.
He said that the Ministry is working on the vision of ‘SabkaSaathSabkaVikas’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and has implemented various welfare schemes for developing an inclusive society and empowerment of persons with disabilities.
Informing about the work done in last seven years by Ministry, the Union Minister said the government is trying every effort to provide greater rights and entitlements to Divyang by envisioning an inclusive and enabling environment. The Union Minister emphasised on Skill training programmes for empowerment of Divyang to bring them in the mainstream of society for overall development of the country and to help them to make them self reliant and independent.
Speaking on welfare schemes of the government, Dr. Kumar said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Central Government has implemented various welfare schemes in the interest of people with disabilities of the country.
The Union Minister also informed that his Ministry has been working aggressively at the Drug Rehabilitation Centres and Old Age Homes in the country and informed that monitoring and surveillances have been made strict at those centres for proper care and security of the inmates.
The Union Minister also made a visit to Kirpa Foundation at Upper Lachumiere, Shillong and spoke with the inmates.
Explaining about various schemes run by government of India for welfare of people with disabilities, the Union Minister went all praise about the achievement made during the recent Tokyo 2020 Paralympics held in August-September, 2021 where the Indian Paralympians created history by winning 19 medals including 5 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 Bronze.
He informed that the government has taken initiatives for special sports training institute for them at various places in the country including one at Shillong.
The Minister referred to “the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016” while speaking of the welfare initiative of the government.
The types of disabilities have been increased from the erstwhile seven to 21, he added.
He said that the government through this Bill has increased the reservation for Divyangs from 3 percent to 4 per cent in central government services and 5 per cent in education for them.