The transport, minorities and social welfare Minister Yashpal Arya has said specially abled persons should be empowered so that they are brought in national mainstream and the Persons with disabilities act- 2016 should enforced properly in the state. The minister chaired the first meeting of the state disabled persons advisory board at Vidhan Sabha auditorium here on Friday. He said that ramps, lifts and special rooms would be constructed in the government offices of the state with a financial aid of Rs 1.65 Crore provided by the union government. In the meeting, the minister directed the officials of health, labour, education and sports departments to work in a coordinated manner for the welfare of persons with disabilities.
He said that disability should now be viewed in a broader perspective and pointed out that in the Act of 2016; the numbers of categories of disability have been increased from seven to 21. The minister directed the officers of the department that identity cards of all persons with disabilities should be prepared and suggested that that provision of issuing disability certificate in the primary health centres should be made. Arya said that platform for providing training and employment opportunities to the specially abled should be made available.
The meeting was attended by additional secretary Ramvilas Yadav, additional secretary child development Jharna Kamthan, additional secretary labour Umesh Narayan Pandey and others.