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Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam addressed the new members of State Advisory Board

Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam addressed the new members of State Advisory Board

NEW DELHI : 1 April 2021 :    Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on thursday chaired the first meeting of State Advisory Board on Disability and congratulated all the new members. Adressing the board’s maiden meeting, minister said that Rights of Persons With Disability Act 2016 empowers the board to suggest measures and oversee the functioning of the government so that resources are utilised in the best possible interest of beneficiaries. He said this board is a state level consultative and advisory body with a mandate to evaluate the continuous evolutions of various policies on disability.

Board members and various stakeholders were given presentation by the deptt so that they can understand their rights, functions and duties in a better way. Discussing various suggestions given by the members and NGOs, the minister reiterated government’s commitment towards the rights of the differently abled members of the society. Responding to a suggestion regarding utilitisation of certain funds from MLA LAD for appliances and apparatus for the disabled, the minister agreed to forward it to the concerned minister for incorporation of such a clause in MLA LAD scheme.

The social welfare minister said that ground surveys should be undertaken in order to assess the actual number and needs of persons with disability. He also stressed that access audit of building and institutions should be carried out by the board members in the first week of May 2021 in different areas of Delhi.

Minister emphasised that however the law stipulates a minimum of two mandatory meetings in a year but board should meet more often whenever there is a need to evaluate and monitor the programmes for persons with disability.

Special secretary cum Director of department of social welfare informed the board that survey of homeless in Delhi is being undertaken by the deptt of social welfare and the data of persons with disability among homeless is being collected. Results of the survey will be presented to the state advisory board on disability for its recommendation regarding rehabilitation and skill development of PwDs.

Shri Gautam pointed out that board members are expected to provide suggestion to department in the areas of livelihood, education, barrier free infrastructure, skill development and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Lipakshi Seedhar: Staff Correspondent

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