Govt allots 10 acres of land for establishment of Composite Regional Centre for PwD

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The Composite Regional Centre for persons with disabilities will soon set up in Shillong in collaboration with the National Institute for the Empowerment of People with Multiple Disabilities.

Informing this Social welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla on Friday said that 50 acres of land has been allotted for the establishment of the Centre for Disability Sports at Umsawli, out of which 10 acres has been allotted for the Composite Regional Centre.

On the occasion of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, North East Disability Summit 2021 was organised in Shillong, the chief guest on the occasion was Social welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla.

One billion people need assistive products today and more than two billion will need at least one such product by 2030, according to WHO.

As part of the observance, 200 beneficiaries state-wide, including 12 beneficiaries of East Khasi Hills District received UDID Disability Certificates and Assistive Devices in the programme.

With the mobilization of Healthy India Chronicle, the assistive devices have been sponsored by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India.

Kyrmen Shylla, Meghalaya Minister of Social Welfare graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The theme of the programme organised by the office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with the State Resource Centre on Disability Affairs, Civil Hospital and Healthy India Chronicle, New Delhi was, ‘Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post Covid -19 world’.

The aim of the programme was to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of activities, thereby increasing their participation and creating more opportunities for them.

Speaking on the occasion, Kyrmen Shylla said that the whole world has awakened to the reality and problems faced by people with disabilities and efforts are on to protect and to ensure their participation to the fullest in all spheres of activity.

Lauding the support of AICTE he said that the up-to-date assistive devices provided for the beneficiaries will go a long way in helping them realise their full potential.

  1. H. P. Raju, Principal Secretary, Labour Department informed that there are 44000 differently abled persons registered with the Government. Reiterating on the importance of comprehensive data on differently abled persons in the State, he stressed that all   beneficiaries should be equipped with Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Mobile Number information so as to avail direct transfer benefits from Government Schemes. Lamenting that a number of government schemes tend to overlook the participation of differently abled persons, he stressed on the need for special fund allocation, increasing subsidy amounts and job reservations for differently abled persons so they can be roped into the development agenda of the Government.

On the occasion the Chief Guest also released a Souvenir of Health India Chronicle which details the various schemes and programmes available with different departments for the benefit and welfare of differently abled persons.