Empowered panel formed for first time for welfare of the disabled


For the first time, the government has formed a highly empowered state coordination committee for the welfare of persons with disabilities.
The committee has been formed with an aim to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
To make the committee fully empowered so that the Disability Act is implemented in letter and spirit by all structures of administration, the committee shall comprise three legislators; principal secretary to government (finance department); the bureau of public enterprises; health and medical education and industries and commerce; commissioner secretaries of the departments of GAD, science & technology, labour & employment, social welfare department besides the commissioner for persons with disabilities, secretary education and directors of the social welfare department.
The other members who have been part of the committee are the representatives of the disabled and NGOs working for their welfare.
Therefore, the 26-member Committee will have eight members from non-governmental side, which will ensure that the policies and decisions taken will be holistic and conclusive.
Some key functions of the coordination committee, according to the disability law, will be “ to serve as the state focal point on disability matters and facilitate the continuous evolution of a comprehensive policy towards solving the problems faced by persons with disability.”
The law further states “review and coordinate the activities of all the departments of government and non-government organizations which are dealing with matters relating to persons with disabilities and take such other steps to ensure barrier free environment in public places, work places, public utilities, schools and other institutions.”

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