An assessment camp was held today at Mawkyrwat Civil Hospital to screen for persons with disabilities (PwDs) and renewal of the Unique Disability ID (UDID) for those members of the disabled community already registered with the government.
The camp was conducted by the District Social Welfare Officer of South West Khasi Hills in collaboration with the District Resource Centre on Disability Affairs at Nongstoin Civil Hospital and sponsored by the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs at Shillong Civil Hospital.
Speaking on the occasion, YR Mawlong, Additional Deputy Commissioner of SWKH, called on all PwDs who have not already done so to get themselves registered for the UDID so as not to be deprived of government benefits and entitlements, such as scholarships, vocational training, financial assistance for students, unemployment allowance, etc.
The programme was organised with a view to make it more convenient for the disabled of the district to come for a medical check-up as well as renew their UDID.
Registered PwDs are entitled to 4 percent reservation in government jobs and social security benefits through a monthly pension. Further they can get aids and assistive devices.
There are around 1,232 PwDs in the district, 967 in Mawkyrwat and 264 in Ranikor.