GUWAHATI/JALUKBARI, Dec 3 - With a call to ensure a decent and respectable life for persons with disability, the State today observed the annual International Day of Persons with Disability along with the rest of the world. At the central programme organised at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here, State Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said that persons with disability are very much a part of society and deserve their due both from the government and civil society.
�We have put much emphasis on ensuring higher education for the PwDs. Besides, we also plan to increase the amount of one-time aid and pension for persons with disabilities in the coming days,� Minister Brahma said. Director Social Welfare Devola Devi Das also highlighted various measures taken by the government for persons with disabilities and thanked the government for its goodwill towards such people.
International Day of Persons with Disability was observed at Bhagabatipara by Sarothi in association with SAKSHAM (Samadrishti, Kshamata, Vikas evam Anusandhan Mandal), North Assam Chapter today.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Dr Ranjan Kumar Kakati, Director Students� Welfare, Gauhati University, said, �Disability is a very sensitive issue which needs attention from each and every section of society. Specially able persons always carry in them emotional and sentimental impasses due to their limitations.� He said the specially able people form a sizeable part of the population and have promising creative and productive abilities.
Dr Arup Jyoti Kalita, director CPASS (Centre for Participatory Action and Social Support) and honorary joint secretary of SAKSHAM North Assam Chapter, said that if one person with disability is present in a family then the whole family is affected. He highlighted the fact that the attitude of society is primarily responsible for the pathetic condition of the specially able people.
Amar Kalita spoke on the relevance of International Day of Persons with Disability. Students from Sarothi and guardians presented cultural items. The programme was moderated by Manoj Goswami, faculty member of Chaygaon College. A sapling plantation drive was carried out in the area by the guests and special children.