Dimapur, October 20: An awareness and sensitization programme on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act 2016 for State Government officials was held on October 18 at Kohima. The programme was organized by the Mission Mode Team, Accessible India Campaign (AIC) in collaboration with the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
K. Libanthung Lotha, Secretary to the Government of Nagaland & Team Leader, Mission Mode Team (AIC) gave a brief introduction about the sensitization and awareness campaign. He mentioned that the awareness programme on the RPwD Act 2016 was the first of its kind in the State with Kohima being the second district after Dimapur where the awareness programme is being held. He highlighted the aims and objectives of the campaign as well as the purpose of the Mission Mode Team which is to monitor and supervise the implementation of the RPwD Act 2016.
Resource Person, Diethono Nakro, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities gave an overview of the RPwD Act 2016 and the status of its implementation in the State and how it can successfully implemented in the State. She emphasized on the sorry state of affairs in Nagaland when it comes to dealing with the subject of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) as a whole, be it in making offices and public buildings easily accessible to PwDs or making various special facilities to facilitate the equal development and creating avenues for PwDs to strive for a normal life. She lamented on the fact that Nagaland is the only State in the entire country that does not have single proper disability rehabilitation facility or resource centre. She further discussed in detail the various issues and hurdles faced PWDs in the state and what measures should be undertaken to improve the general plight of the PWDs in the State. “Most people with disabilities in our State simply exist – they do not have a life and therefore it is our duty to ensure that steps are taken in order to improve their lives” she said.
K. Ela, Director, Prodigal’s Home Dimapur highlighted the disability scenario in Nagaland including the various challenges faced by the PwDs and the opportunities available to them. She narrated personal experiences and real life stories to paint a sad story on the plight of the PwDs in the State and their day to day life struggles.
Apila Sangtam, Advocate, Guwahati High Court Kohima Bench represented the legal fraternity and shed light on the court directives of the RPwD Act 2016 and the legal implications of non compliance with the act. Gregory Thejawelie ,NCS, Deputy Commissioner Kohima chaired the programme.
(Page News Service)