Social Welfare minister Kyrmen Shylla today informed that the State will soon establish the Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for persons with disabilities and land has been identified in Umsawli.
Shylla said the centre will be set up in collaboration with the National Institute for the Empowerment of People with Multiple Disabilities. He said that 50 acres of land has been allotted for the establishment of the Centre for Disability Sports at Umsawli, out of which 10 acres has been allotted for the centre.
Speaking at a function to observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities cum North East Disability Summit 2021 in Shillong Club today the minister said the whole world has awakened to the reality and problems faced by people with disabilities and efforts are on to protect and to ensure their participation to the fullest in all spheres of activity.
Informing that the department implements a number of schemes for the benefit of persons with disability, he stressed on the importance of possessing and updating the UDID cards to avail such benefits.
At the programme, out of 200 beneficiaries state-wide, 12 beneficiaries of East Khasi Hills district received UDID disability certificates and assistive devices, through the mobilization of Healthy India Chronicle. The devices were sponsored by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India.
Principal Secretary of Labour, G. H. P. Raju, informed that there are 44000 differently abled persons registered with the government.
Reiterating on the importance of comprehensive data on differently abled persons in the State, he stressed that all beneficiaries should be equipped with Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Mobile Number information so as to avail direct transfer benefits from government schemes.
Lamenting that a number of government schemes tend to overlook the participation of differently abled persons, he stressed on the need for special fund allocation, increasing subsidy amounts and job reservations for differently abled persons so they can be roped into the development agenda of the government.
The programme was organised by the office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs, Civil Hospital and Healthy India Chronicle, New Delhi under the theme, ‘Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post Covid -19 world’.
The aim of the programme was to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of activities, thereby increasing their participation and creating more opportunities for them.
A souvenir of Health India Chronicle, which details the various schemes and programmes available with different departments for the benefit and welfare of differently abled persons, was also released on the occasion.