New Delhi, May 17: The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated the “15th National Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)” to review Implementation of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and Full Participation) Act-1995 today.
Addressing on the occasion, Gehlot said that during past during past three years, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has become very active and vibrant. It has organized more 5200 ADIP camps for distribution of assistive devices to Divyangjans and four world records have been created.
After the passing of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Bill, the categories of Divyangjans have increased from 7 to 21 and now its implementation should be properly taken care of by all concerned, Minister said.
He opined that the Government wants to strengthen the Commissioner System in all the States and full time Commissioners will serve their purpose in a better way. He also stressed on the people’s participation in this effort.
During the two days meeting, the status of implementation of various provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and Full Participation) Act-1995 with focus on education, employment/self-employment, accessible environment and social security etc for Persons with disabilities in the States and Union Territories is being reviewed and strategy for more effective implementation of the Act is being formulated.
Also, the Strategies for better implementation and monitoring of PwD Act and Schemes especially in relation to the empowerment of persons with disabilities by way of recommendations are being discussed.