The project aims at enabling access and raising awareness on public schemes for people with disabilities.
"There are nearly 2.7 crore disabled people in our country and most of them are unaware of the welfare schemes available. Information on the services and schemes available for them is hard to access and they also face severe disparity," said Ravichandran, CEO of GLRA.
Through the SVK project, we have targeted five backward districts of four states in India and have decided to create awareness among them to improve their quality of life, he added.
Staff of the NGO said that the project would cover 1% of the disability load and the objective was to empower the beneficiaries and enable them to form bodies that would help them get targeted interventions.
Kanagasabapathy, technical advisor to GLRA, said the volunteers would work closely with all the NGOs in the respective districts so that the reach is better.
"We want to ensure that there is quality delivery of the entitled public services and we want to strengthen them as a collective entity," he said.
Dr Neeradha Chandramohan, director of National Institute of Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, who participated in the launch, said that India had come a long way with regard to people with disability. "Earlier, our focus was to take care of them, but now we are empowering them," she added.
Source : TOI , 8th April 2014