Towards an inclusive democracy

The National Trust for the Welfare of Per sons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, a statutory organisation under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched ten new and revised schemes for empowerment and welfare of persons with these disabilities.

The schemes were unveiled by Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Krishan Pal Gurjar and Vijay Sampla, Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, were guests of honour. The 10 new schemes are Disha (Early Intervention and School Readiness Scheme), Vikaas (Day Care), Samarth (Respite Care), Gharaunda (Group Home for Adults), Niramaya (Health Insurance Scheme), Sahyogi (Caregiver training scheme), Gyan Prabha (Educational Support), Prerna (Marketing Assistance), Sambhav (Aids and Assisted Devices) and Badhte Kadam (Awareness and Community Interaction).

In keeping with the spirit of the Constitution, new schemes for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been launched

In the review meeting of the Secretaries, Social Welfare Departments of various states UTs held on July 1 and 2, 2015, a presentation was made on the schemes.Several important suggestions were made by the Secretaries.

A presentation was also made during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Trust held on May 22, 2015, where a large number of ROs were present. In addition, comments and suggestions were sought from public at large through the website on the draft schemes.All relevant and All relevant and financially viable suggestions on the schemes were incorporated.

An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Road Map for implementation of the prepared 10 schemes in conformity with the Digital India programme of the Government of India has been made. The entire process of implementation of the new schemes, right from submitting application to fund disbursement will be on-line. A ‘Payment Gateway’ has also been integrated with the website and Scheme Management System for smooth financial transaction.

Speaking on the occasion, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, said that the schemes will go a long way in improving the condition of person with disabilities. He requested all stakeholders for speedy and effective implementation of the schemes.democracy

Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, said that his ministry will take all steps for the betterment of lives of Persons with Disabilities. He called upon all registered organisations to participate actively in the schemes. Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, said that the schemes need to be implemented effectively so that maximum number of persons with disabilities gets benefit from the schemes.

Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, and Chairperson of the Board of the National Trust, said that parents of Persons with Disabilities devote most of their time towards caring for their child. These parents do not get any time for performing other activities. The new revised schemes of the National Trust have been made keeping in mind these issues.

A large number of officials from the state governments, registered organisations and parents of Persons with Disabilities took part in the programme.

Source: Times of India 26 Nov’ 2015