Nemcha Kipgen urges Centre to extend RGY across state
NEWDELHI, 19th Sep: Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen has urged union minister of social justice and empowerment Dr Thawarchand Gehlot to extend the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) scheme across the state by covering the remaining 10 districts.
At present, RVY is implemented in six districts of the state. It is a scheme for providing free physical aids and assisted-living devices to senior citizens belonging to BPL. Nemcha Kipgen was attending the third meeting of Central Advisory Board on Disability at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Thursday. It was chaired by union minister Dr Thawar Chand Gehlot and attended by minister of state for social justice & empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar.
While addressing the gathering, Nemcha highlighted the action taken reports on various issues of persons with disabilities including awareness cum identification camps organised by the state government from time to time for identification and early intervention to prevent disabilities.
She also highlighted Unique Disability ID (UDID) project which was launched in 14 districts of the state in July and August this year and said that the remaining two districts will be covered at the earliest for implementation of Section 24 of Right to Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
She also told the gathering that the state government has launched Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST) on December 3, 2017 for social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities.
She pointed out that the Draft Rules for Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 have been notified and published in the Manipur Gazette and the state advisory board has already been constituted for which the first meeting will be held shortly.
During the meeting, various agendas for empowerment of Divyangans were thoroughly discussed. Social welfare joint director Bantee Singh Konthoujam and child welfare officer L Dhaneshwor also accompanied the minister and represented the state in the meeting.