The Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, has stressed for the need to setup a separate Department of Disability Affairs in every States, for effective implementation of welfare Programmes and Schemes of Education, Training, Skill development and rehabilitation of the Disabled in the society.
He was speaking during the 15th National Review Meeting of State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities on Implementation of Act, 1995.
The Minister further said that the Department of Disability Affairs should be formed with appointment of full time Independent State Commissioner in accordance with provisions of PwD Act, 1995.
He added, “The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has become an important & prominent among all Ministries of the Central Government for making all round efforts for better education, vocational training & rehabilitation of the Divyangjan in society so that could lead a respectable life.”
According to the Minister, the categories of Disability have been increased to 21 from the presently seven, and now the privileges and Rights of Divyangjan have been brought at Par with the developed Countries.
The Secretary, DEPwD, NS Kang, said: “The State Commissioner should act as watchdog for effective implementation of Act. He should ensure that 4 per cent reservation is given to Divyangjan in all Programmes and Schemes and take initiative in clearing backlog of vacancies reserved for PwD through Special Drives and Wider Publicity should be given to new Act in their State.”
The 15th National Review Committee made 26 recommendations for effective implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 as well as Programmes & Schemes for the welfare of Divyangjan in the States, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.