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Thursday, 10 April 2014
Making People With Disabilities Aware Of Their Entitled Benefits : CHENNAI
Representatives from GLRA India, European Union and NGOs at the meet to announce the partnership between GLRA India and the EU
Local NGOs will now be able to facilitate and increase awareness
about the multitude of government schemes in five of the most backward
districts of the country, thanks to the `7 crore fund given by the
European Union, in a tie -up with the German Leprosy Relief Association
(GLRA), towards the Sammalit Vikas Jankari (SVJ) project.
press conference here on Wednesday, spokespersons from several NGOs
claimed that the biggest obstacle to the uplift of the 2,68,10,557
disabled people in the country was the lack of awareness about the
schemes launched by the government for their benefit.
the basic public service delivery under The Persons with Disabilities
Act 1995 and poverty alleviation schemes for the disabled in India are
weak,” said J Ravichandran, CEO of GLRA India. “Both support agencies
and persons with disabilities find it very hard to access information
about the services,” he added.
The Sammalit Vikas Jankari project
will use the local civil society organisations to increase awareness
among the most backward districts in Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
these districts have about 2.7 lakh disabled persons. We will use the
funds provided by the EU and the GLRA to strengthen civil society
volunteer groups in these localities or in the absence of such a group,
we will form one,” said one of the officials working for the SVJ
“This way, even when the five-year project runs to a
close, those districts will have groups that can assist other disabled,”
he pointed out.
According to the mission statement of the
project, its objectives are to increase the quality of delivery of
entitled public services to all persons with disabilities, to equip and
empower civil society in the form of disabled people organisations, to
increase their participation in society, promote accountability in
Government of India systems and other service providers, to increase
equal opportunities, reduce poverty of persons with disability and
enable a better quality of life.
Neeradha Chandramohan, director,
National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple
Disabilities, and several other representatives from NGOs, who would
carry forward the project in the five districts, were also present at
the conference. Source : The New Indian Express , 10th April 2014