KANGPOKPI, June 8: Manipur North Economic Development Association (MANEDA) in collaboration with All Disabled Union Sadar Hills (ADUSH) organised a one day advocacy awareness program on the Rights of Persons with Disability at Lhungjang village, Konghom Area Sadar Hills yesterday.
While speaking on the occasion Mangboi Singsit, project officer MANEDA, LFW narrated a brief account of activities in relation with strengthening and upliftment of the disabled society as well as the PWDs Act 1995, National Trust Act 1999 and UNCRPD.
He also emphasised on the importance of disabled certificate and urged all the PWDs in the area to apply for it at the earliest.
“Lack of awareness among the disabled persons account for disabled persons becoming a burden of their respective families and victims of every problems as well,” opined S Kamlienlal Guite, inf and pub secy ADUSH.
He added that ADUSH stands to connect the government programs and policies for disabled persons to every individual even in the farthest and remotest villages of the State.
S Kamlienlal Guite also averred that ADUSH emphasises on creating awareness balancing with claiming of rights and benefits at their disposal.
While urging the disabled people to permanently shed the attitude of staying behind the doors, asst secretary Boipu Kipgen asserted that it is now the right time for the disabled people to break the barriers and participate fully in all social activities and show their capability and rights to live life like the abled persons do.
In the meantime, after a short interaction with more than 50 disabled persons in the area who attended the program, it came to light that the advocacy awareness programme conducted yesterday happened to be the first of its kind in the area.
The organising committee also learnt that none of the disabled people in the area possess the disability certificate neither were they beneficiaries of any Government schemes or benefits.