AALO, Nov 23: The two-day 2nd NE Regional Parents Meet, organised by AP Parents Association for disabled in collaboration with NIEPID and Parivar involving around 700 parents, concluded way at Gumin on Saturday.
Tax & Excise, Tourism, Narcotic, Library and Research Minister Jarkar Gamlin, speaking as chief guest, expressed his happiness for brining the parents together to new direction to the disabled people who have been reeling under tremendous pressure. He exhorted all stakeholders involved in the campaign to intensify the movement and urged parents to reap every benefit from event.
Responding to memorandum submitted by APPAD GSi Simal Raje, he assured to take up all issues that need GoAP intervention with chief minister. He also distributed smart canes and smart mobiles to the blinds, hearing aids, awareness kits to anganwadi sevika, TLM kits to children with intellectual disability and poster pack to CDPOs.
Union secretary department for empowerment of person with dDisabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Shakuntala D. Gamlin as guest of honour, said that Composite Regional Institute should come up to give training to develop appropriate models of care, habitation and consultancy services. “Our people should rise above social stigma, taboos and prejudice to work in a cohesive manner with stakeholders to give disabled people their constitutional rights to link them with national mainstream,” she said. We have been able to produce gold medallists and World Cup winning team in sports by nurturing and giving right direction to the disabled people, she said.
In her key note address, MSJE joint secretary Dolly Chakravarty highlighted on social inclusion, multiple approaches and activities to enhance the quality of life of Persons with intellectual disability. We need to make a spirited effort to make it a peoples’ movement in this region so that deprived section too are taken along with us.
Commissioner Gamli Padu revealed that 2% of Arunachal population constitutes disabled people as per 2011 census and as per law the disabled have right to access in all institutions and public places. He said that fund for pensions are kept unspent in spite of directive by Govt. and asked the ICDS department to reach out to the people on such issues through Sarkar Aap ke Dwaar programme.
West Siang DC Swetika Sachan expressed her gratitude to all for bringing such massive awareness camp on such key issue which has been sidelined through ages. NIEPID DDA Major BV Ram Kumar disclosed that the organization has completed 82 parents meet so far in the country and PARIVAAR NCPO president Cdr. Shrirang Bijur stressed on parents’ outlook on capacity building of the disabled. APPAD organising chairman Nyajum Yinyo, vice president T. Ronya also spoke. Resource Persons from various parts of the country and state and district ICDS officers took keen interest in technical session. (DIPRO)