World Disability Day observed in Dimapur


Dimapur, December 3: “The International Day for Persons with Disabilities”, was held today with Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi IAS, as chief guest and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dimapur, Ajongba Imchen as the special guest with large numbers of NGOs and disabled persons at Dimapur District Hospital, Chapel Hall.
Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi IAS, speaking on the occasion said that everyone has the right to live and are equal before the law and that there is no discrimination between a physically healthy person and a disable person and all are treated equal before the law.
“A disabled person has all the rights including inclusion in the society and also to be a part of it”, he said and added that we have to ensure that he or she is given their due rights and live without being discriminated or ostracized by anyone, Anoop Khinchi said.
He said a disabled person should be independent and our system should devise mechanism by which we should ensure that the disabled lives an independent life like other citizens.
“We should have facilities for mentally challenged children to play and it is a therapy too and I am planning to have a special Olympic for the disabled in Dimapur”, Anoop Khinchi said and added lets prepare them for greater events, take use of them and make them move ahead.
Encouraging the large number of disabled gathered on the occasion, Anoop Khinchi said with artificial limbs, people climbed Mount Everest too, so do not be disheartened and prepare yourself to give the best as all of you possess lots of talents, make use of them and advised them not to live with the disability tag.
Delivering the key note address, CJM Ajongba Imchen taking into accounts the plights of the disabled people lambasted the affluent sections of the society who rushes to avail BPL food items driving luxurious cars.
He said many rich Nagas are posing themselves in the BPL category only to receive the BPL food items sold at cheap prices. They are looting the due share of the deprived people and causing loss to the government and warned against such imposters that their days are numbered and many will be booked including those officials who allots BPL card to the rich people.
Lamenting on the plights of the disabled people, he says the society looks upon them with a frowning face, calling them names as mentally retarded, crippled and so many other things and the morale of the disabled persons as well as their families gets affected. Such stigma should end and added that the DDLSA will stand for their rights.
Ajongba Imchen adding an advice to the disabled people said, “Whenever you are facing any sorts of harassments or discriminations, immediately come to my office. I am posted as the CJM and I assure you that the perpetrators will not be spared” and the DDLSA will fight your case free of cost and will stand for your rights, he added.
Taking a dig on officials, Ajongba Imchen said, “The officers, the authorities and NGOs will respect you only when they will realize that the disabled person knows his or her rights”.
On ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’, Ajongba Imchen said, “It is the fundamental duty of the concerned officers to protect the rights of the disabled and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 is the constitutional rights of the disabled and it is my fundamental duty as well as concerned officials and departments to make alive the Disabilities Act for the betterment of the disablead”.
On awareness on the rights of the disabled people, Imchen said, “It is also the duty of the citizens to spread awareness on the rights of the disabled people and urged society to help the disabled at least with a word of encouragement and assist them whenever possible. Service to mankind is service to God”.
Panel Lawyer, DDLSA Rokovitsu Khate deliberated at length on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act. Dimapur District Hospital Superintendent, Dr. Kheshito Zhimomi also spoke on the rights of the disabled and encouraged the disabled not to lose hope and lead a life with a mission to serve the society.
(Page News Service)