Nemcha vows help to PwDs, tells officials to expedite process
IMPHAL, 3rd Dec: The State Level observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 2018 was organised by Department of Social Welfare under the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” at Kangsang, Khuman Lampak on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen announced that the pending monthly pension entitled to persons with disabilities (PwDs) will be cleared in a phased manner. Conceding that the said disability pension has not been release for four years now, the entitlements for six months will be released soon, she assured.
Nemcha confided that subsequent to her meeting with the Union minister concerned, funds have been released to the finance department to clear the pending pension amount and the same would be distributed among the beneficiaries at the earliest possible.
She further informed that the Social Welfare Department, as a nodal department, has been implementing various schemes and welfare programmes for differently-abled persons to support them for securing education, academics, skill development to enable them to earn a living and be economically independent. She further called upon all department officials to expedite any schemes and programmes relevant to persons with disabilities on time. On the demand for opening a separate directorate for PwDs, the minister said that since the matter involves finance, the chief minister would be consulted. State disability policy is also under process and under the leadership of chief minister N Biren keen attention is being given towards welfare of disabled persons and weaker sections of the society with launching of schemes like CMHT, she added.
Nemcha maintained that theme of this year’s observance is quite apt as it is time for all the people to realise that differently-abled persons are inseparable part of the society and they deserved to be treated with compassion and honour. The term differently-abled recognises talent and value in everybody, she asserted and urged all to treat disabled persons with utmost love and care.
There are many famous personalities in varied fields who were born with physical disabilities. Yet they outperformed others in their respective fields. Dancer Sudha Chandran, badminton player Girish Sharma, cricketer Shekar Naik, journalist H Ramakrishnan are some such personalities,the minister mentioned.
Not only the government but many NGOs are working for the welfare of the differently-abled persons. All are appealed to take advantage of the various schemes initiated from time to time by the Social Welfare Department and if there is any issue inform officials concerned at the earliest, she said.
As part of the observance, gifts were presented to all differently-abled persons present on the occasion while a cultural programme performed by persons with disabilities was also staged.
Manipur State Pollution Control Board chairperson L Radhakishore Singh and Manipur Human Rights Commission acting chairperson Khaidem Mani Singh attended the observance as president and guest of honour respectively. Social Welfare director Jaspreet Kaur and other officials of the department were also part of the function.
Meanwhile, forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar attended the observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 2018 organised by Handicapped Welfare Association Manipur State Head Office, Yairipok Top Chingtha Imphal East, at Khuthabi Ground, Yairipok Top Chingtha, Imphal East.
In his address, Shyamkumar said that all human beings must accept life as a gift from god.
He pointed out by observing the day the differently abled people are being encouraged to strive for contributing towards sustainable and equitable development for all.
As part of the function, blankets were distributed to 180 differently abled persons. The function was also attended by Tulihal Zilla Parishad K Inaocha Devi, Yambem GP pradhan Yumnam Tomba Meitei and local elders and leaders.
Attending an observance at Mission Blind School, Heikakpokpi in Chandel district, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam called upon the people to extend their support and cooperation to the differently abled persons.
He lauded president of Ching-Tam Charity Trust Alex Kom, who contributed Rs 20,000 for the observance when he saw differently abled children including visually impaired ones carrying out donation drive on the road and added that the society needs people like him.
Recalling his interaction with a visually impaired kid while flagging off a humanity tour organised by Indigenous Foundation during Sangai Festival, the minister said that the child told him how he would feel the beauty and experience of visiting Sangai Festival through the eyes of fellow children, who could see. He then said that these people are now called differently abled persons as the world knows how they could outperform normal persons in various fields with their extraordinary sense and perception.
The minister also urged all the MLAs to take proactive role in supporting the differently abled persons in their respective constituencies and provide them livelihood. He further encouraged the differently abled persons in the state while stating that there are several individuals who are ready to help them.
Joining the rest of the world, Spastic Society of Manipur and NEZCC Rehabilitation Council of India, Zone 1 jointly observed International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on the theme ‘Empowerment of persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’ at the Society’s Langthabal Kunja office.
The function was attended by 11 Star Club president and chartered engineer Thongam Gobardhan as chief guest; Spastic Society of Manipur secretary Laishram Tokendra Ricky as president while society’s ex-member Thiyam Monoranjan and Angamba Disabled Organisation president Kripa Meitei were the guests of honour.
As a part of the programme, the society honoured three mothers (role models) who brought up their disabled children and imparted education like normal children.