State Cabinet adopts PwD Act
Kohima, July 9: With less than 7000 certificates issued and also lacking to have a separate department to look into the welfare of persons with disabilities (PwDs), Nagaland has been placed under third category of states for the disabled persons.
This was revealed by Chief Commissioner for PwDs (CCPD) under Department of Empowerment of PwDs under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Kamlesh Kumar Pandey while interacting with media persons at Hotel Vivor here in presences of his Deputy Chief Commissioner Dr Sanjay Kant Prasad and Nagaland State Commissioner for PwDs, Dr Atha Vizol.
He said that out of the 29631 disabled persons in Nagaland, the state government has issued disability certificates to around 6592 PwDs. He also said that Nagaland also is deficient in providing infrastructure for PwDs and their pension is also meager while there is requirement for creation of a separate department of PwDs and Disability Welfare Officer to look into their welfare.
Dr Pandey revealed that the Commission concluded the status of Nagaland towards the welfare of PwDs after holding different meetings with the social welfare department officials and secretaries and Head of Department of different departments and the NGOs working with PwDs with regard to the status of Nagaland towards the welfare of disabled persons.
Nevertheless, State Commissioner, Dr Atha Vizol said that the Nagaland cabinet in its sitting on June 27 last has adopted the implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 while a meeting will be held on July 18 for the final process of releasing the PwD rules of the State.
CCPD Dr Pandey revealed that after the passage of the Act, Supreme Court has issued direction to all the states that the Act would be implemented within six months. He said that so far only seven states have implemented while several states are in the process of implementation.
Dr Pandey also revealed that implementation of disability schemes in the North East region has been very poor due to lack of inability of special training institutions. He therefore asserted that the Central government is always willing to support the region in improving the conditions of PwDs.
Dr Pandey recalled that CCPD came into existence with the appointment of the first Chief Commissioner September 1, 1998 and since its inception, 36,106 cases have been registered in the office of CCPD while 34381 had been disposed off by the end of June this year.
He said that while most of the orders of the CCPD benefit individual complainants with disabilities, a large number has resulted in framing/review of existing policies benefitting the entire population of PwDs in the country.
Highlighting the various schemes of the Department of Empowerment of Persons Disabilities (Divyangjan), he said that it is in the process of providing Unique Disability Identity (UDID) to persons with disabilities which will have universal recognition.
Government of India has selected 50 cities under Accessible India Campaign, wherein 100 buildings in each of these cities will be made accessible for the PwDs.
He said under Skill Development, GoI has made a target to train 5 lakh persons with disabilities upto 2018 and 25 lakh persons with disabilities upto 2022.
He said the Government is providing 46,000 pre-matric, 30,000 Matric and 200 Scholarships to Research Students going for studies abroad. NHFDC is providing loan @ 4% to start employment, while schemes of DDRS National Trust are online available for NGOs, he said.
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 came into force from April 19, 2017, he said adding that under the new Act, categories of disabilities have now become 21 in place of seven.
Reservation in jobs has also been enhanced to 4% in place of existing 3% apart from various other facilities/benefits under the new Act, he said.
He said that persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) can file their complaints as per Rule 38(1) of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 before the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities through Email – firstname.lastname@example.org. (Page News Service)