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Jan 30, 2013

Revised policy for welfare of disabled in the offing: Minister Usha Devi

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Minister Women and Child Development Smt.Usha Devi
There are 10 lakh 21 thousand persons with disabilities in our state. These constitute 2.77 percent of our total population. Earlier, emphasis was given on their medical rehabilitation only. Now the focus has been changed to their comprehensive coordinated economic rehabilitation.

With the signing of ratification of United Nations Conventions for Rights of persons with disabilities (UNCRPD) 2006 by our country, the existing policy for their welfare needs to be replaced by a progressive policy. Odisha will have a new revised policy for persons with Disabilities, Minister Women and Child Development Smt.Usha Devi expressed.

Inaugurating a state level consultation meet on "State Policy on Persons with Disability " jointly organised by Women & Child Development Department, Govt. of Odisha and the office of the State Commissioner for persons with Disabilities today at Kalinga Ashok, Bhubaneswar, Smt. UshaDevi said that there have been vast & positive changes in the perception of State & Civil Society towards persons with disabilities in recent years.

Thishas been largely possible owing to the enactment of important legislations viz. persons with disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act, 1995, National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, cerebral Palse, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disability Act, 1999, Rehabilitation Council of India Act, 1992; Mental Health Act, 1987 and

signing and ratification of United Nations Convention for Rights of persons with Disability, 2006 (UNCRPD) by government of India. But, in line with the UNCRPD, a new revised, all comprehensive policy will be able to implement effectively the existing legislations and carve out innovative strategies to further strengthen their legal aspects so that an environment can

be created which will provide the persons with disabilities equal opportunities for protection of their Right and for full participation in society, she reiterated.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Women & Child Development Deptt.,Smt. Arti Ahuja said that persons with disabilities are like any other citizens of the country & our constitution has given them the very same rights as citizens. They are entitled to equal enjoyment of human rights with others. The majority of persons with disabilities can lead a better quality of life if they have equal opportunities. So our state will go for a revised comprehensive policy for their welfare and betterment.

Ex ACS Dr. R. N. Senapati was of the view that institutional development, empowerment and private participation are required for the development of disabled persons. Smt. Kasturi Mohapatra SCPD, Odisha Bhubaneswar emphasized on the aim and objectives of the state level consultation on state policy for persons with Disabilities. The policy will aim to empower the persons with disabilities in all walks of life, she said.

The State level consultation meet will continue for 3 days from 29th to 31st January with technical sessions. At today's technical session Mr. Rajive Raturi, Director Human Rights Law Network India, New Delhi, Ms Tulika Das, Director Sanchar & Director CBR Network India, Kolkata, Mr. B. B. Patnaik, Director, Directorate for Welfare of PWDs spoke on diverse aspects of the legislation.


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