Thawar Chand Gehlot, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated the 15th National meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) on 17 May 2017.
The two-days meet aims to review the implementation of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and Full Participation) Act-1995 and formulate a strategy for its more effective implementation.
It has been organised by the Office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, which is under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The meet saw in attendance Kamlesh Pande, the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and N.S. Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
• The state Commissioners for PwD from States and Union Territories would also be attending the meeting and presenting their respective reports on the implementation of the act in their states.
• The commissioners would also be discussing schemes, especially the ones in relation to the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
• Speaking on the occasion, Thawar Chand Gehlot stated that the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has become very active and vibrant during the past three years.
• The department has organised more than 5200 ADIP camps for distribution of assistive devices to people with disabilities and has also managed to create four world records.
• The category of people with disabilities has increased from 7 to 21 after the passing of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Bill. Hence, its implementation needs proper care.
Further, Gehlot said that the Government wants to strengthen the Commissioner System in all the States and full-time Commissioners would help serve the purpose better. He also stressed on the people’s participation in this effort.