The Lt Governor was addressing the gathering at the prize distribution ceremony for the event held on ‘International Day for Differently Abled Persons”. The Lt Governor gave away prizes to the winners of sports competitions held among the differently abled persons to mark the ‘International Day for Differently Abled Persons” on December 3, 2014. An impressive cultural programme was presented by the children, along with other school children. A short skit depicting issues of differently abled persons drew loud applause from the audience.
Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion at DBRAIT Auditorium, the Lt Governor complimented the children for presenting an extraordinary cultural programme. He said that the manner, in which these children have presented the cultural programmes, reflects their courage, their confidence and their will to achieve something. If these children are provided with the right environment, proper inspiration and assistance, there is no challenge that they can’t overcome, observed the Lt Governor.
He said that today’s function has properly conveyed the message that it is our duty to create such an environment where these people can take up challenges. While the government will extend all possible help and support, encouragement should also come from the society, he said.
Referring to the welfare scheme implemented by the Administration for the differently abled persons, he said that our Union Territory is among the very few States which provide monthly allowance @ 2000 per month to each of the differently abled person, who have disability of 40% or more.
On the issue of reservation of jobs for the differently abled persons, the Lt Governor said that the Administration is making efforts to fill the 3% posts reserved for them. Out of the 302 posts reserved for them under various categories, 241 posts have already been filled. He further directed the Chief Secretary to initiate the process for filling the remaining vacant posts.
On the occasion, Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan, Director National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai made a presentation on the activities of NIEPMD. She informed that NIEPMD is working with the objective of holistic rehabilitation of the differently abled persons and sought the assistance of the Administration for opening an Extension Centre for the rehabilitation of the disabled persons of the Islands.
Responding to the demand of Director (NIEPMD), Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan for opening of an Extension Centre for rehabilitation of the disabled persons of the Islands, the Lt Governor directed the Social Welfare Department to co-ordinate and provide full support to NIEPMD so that the Extension Centre is made functional within the next three months. The proposed Extension Centre should be meaningful and useful to these people, he observed. Pained to know that the differently abled persons have to run around for getting their bus passes, a moved Lt Governor directed the Social Welfare Department to facilitate the bus passes to the differently abled persons from the Department itself rather asking them to approach different Departments.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor also reiterated that the proposed Medical College will start functioning from July 2015. Besides facilitating the availability of super specialists, bulk of the seats in the medical college will be made available to the students of the A&N Islands, he said. On the issue of medical insurance, he also directed the Chief Secretary to ensure the implementation of the scheme by 26th January next year. On the education front, he observed that our education policy should focus on providing quality education so that our children can compete at the all India level.
Ms Mawhua Misty, a class XII student of Carmel School shared about the challenges faced by her being a differently abled child and her efforts to overcome these challenges and move forward.
Shri M.N Murali, Director (SW), in his welcome address said that in connection with the observance of ‘International Day of the Differently Abled persons’, a ‘State Level Sports Meet’ was organized on 3rd December at Port Blair in which large numbers of differently abled persons participated.
Source: The Echo of India, 22nd Dec 2014