New Delhi, June 7: As ‘Divyangs’ now are been catered in ‘mainstream’, more and more empowerment is needed to give them the society they wish to live in. ‘Inclusive India’ conference inaugurated by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot, is a step ahead to include the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all the important aspects of our social life.
The National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in collaboration with key partners organized the conference “Inclusive India Initiative: Towards an Inclusive India” for intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs).
The ‘Inclusive India Initiative’ of National Trust is specifically catering to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; with an objective to include these people in the mainstream and in all important aspects of social life, namely education, employment and community ‘Inclusive India’ in about changing the attitudes. A vision document on ‘Inclusive India Initiative’ was released and a few MoUs of the National Trust signed with key partners were exchanged on the occasion.
While addressing the inaugural session, Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot, said that our country has always believed in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and the Divyangjans are an integral part of our society. They need proper guidance. The National Trust is playing an important role in the welfare of Divyangjans. He called upon people to take advantage of all 10 schemes of the National Trust. He said that his Ministry provides Skill Development to Divyangjans through “Divyangjan Vitta Vikas Nigam” and make them self-dependent. Now, the Divangjans are being provided scholarships for studying in India and abroad both. They are being provided Aids and Assistive devices through nationwide camps and so far more than 5300 camps have been organized by his ministry where Aids and Assistive devices worth Rs. 500 Crores have been distributed.
Addressing on the occasion Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that the in the last Para-Olympic Games, Divyangjans have participated exceedingly well and his Ministry of sports have launched a special Portal for future players including Divyangan players, who will play in the coming Olympic games. He assured of all help and cooperation of his Ministry is promoting and nourishing talents of Divyangjans. Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy in his address said that the Divyagjans are specially abled persons whose skills can be enhanced through proper skill development and his Ministry will extend all sort of help and cooperation in this regard. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog in his address said that the differently abled persons are very talented with special abilities. He opined that we must allow their special potential to blossom.
The Inclusive India initiative is an attempt to facilitate the realization of equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into the fabric of society. The three core focus areas of Inclusive India Initiative are Inclusive Education, Inclusive Employment, and Inclusive Community Life.
In the domain of Inclusive Education, large-scale awareness campaigns would be executed on the pan-India basis, making the schools and colleges inclusive for the children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Association with government and private organizations will be explored for making the infrastructure of educational institutes accessible and inclusive, by providing necessary mobility aids, assistive devices, accessible information and social support.