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Conference on 'The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016" held at Kakching Khunou
Source: The Sangai Express

Kakching, June 23 2019: Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur and Welfare Association for Differently Abled Persons in association with State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Govt of Manipur organised a one day conference on "The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016" at Thongam Community Hall, Kakching Khunou, Kakching district.

Dr RK Kumarjit Singh, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Govt of Manipur; P Gopendro Singh, president, Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur; A Kameshor Singh, District Social Welfare Officer, Thoubal District; Kh Leima Devi, Chairperson, Kakching Municipal Council and Kh Radhamani Devi, Councillor, Kakching Municipal Council graced the function as the presidium members.

In the conference, chief guest Dr RK Kumarjit Singh conveyed that the victims of acid attack are now considered as persons with disabilities too.

The Government has recognized 21 different types of disabilities to formulate the schemes for their support and the President of India had approved 'The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016' on December 27 of 2016, Dr Kumarjit said and appealed all to use the 4% quota reserved for persons with disability in Government jobs.

L Dhaneshor Singh, Child Welfare Officer, Department of Social Welfare stated that people who want to get the benefits of differently abled schemes of Government need to get the disability certificate from the concern authority.

There is also a provision to get disability certificate from the Primary Health Centre, however, absence of specialist doctors in such centre to determine the physical disabilities may cause inconvenience to the applicants, he added.

He also said that the Department is implementing various social security schemes under State Plan, including scholarship for the students with disabilities, unemployment allowance to the educated unemployed persons with disabilities, financial assistance to the PWDs, marriage incentive award, grant-in-aid to the organizations formed by the persons with disabilities or parents of severe disabilities.

A Kameshor Singh, District Social Welfare Officer, Thoubal said that "CM gi Sotharabasingi Tengbang", which aims to ensure the quality of life to persons with disabilities has largely helped in identification of disabilities and urged the State Government to take up more welfare measures for PWDs in the future too.


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