Govt officials sensitized on disability issues


The two-day regional seminar on rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities being held at the Navelim district library, concluded on Saturday. Government officials dealing directly with such persons were sensitized on the subject.
Government officials and other representatives from Chattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Maharasthra and Madhya Pradesh attended the seminar and were informed of the best practices in the implementation of the legislations, schemes and programmes with Goa being highlighted as the best state .
"Various sessions were held on topics such as national legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities, role of different stakeholders in implementation of legislation and programmes," said Prassana Kumar Pincha, chief commissioner of the office of persons with disabilities, government of India. Awareness on about government schemes for rehabilitation and empowerment of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities and their effective implementation was created.
South Goa district collector N D Agarwal, a recipient of the national award for the the best district in providing rehabilitation services to the differently-abled people said that Goa had awarded medical disability certificates to 94% of the population of persons with disabilities. The state social welfare department pegged the population of the disabled in Goa at 50,749.
"Accessibility to information and communication were highlighted as the prerequisite to enable them to have independent living and full participation along with the utilization of schemes," added Agarwal . [TOI]