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Mira Kagti receives Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 18 � In recognition of her contributions towards the development of women and children, mostly the disabled, Mira Kagti, founder director of Shishu Sarothi received the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2010, instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, on November 14, 2011.

Kagti has been associated with Shishu Sarothi, an organization working in the field of rehabilitation and training of persons with disabilities since its inception.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Kagti expressed happiness on the growth of Shishu Sarothi into one of the best institutions working in the field of disability in the North East.

�The institution that started with only two children in 1987 is a nationally known organization now. With so many years of experience, we want to make some positive changes in the field o disability in the State,� said Kagti.

�To ensure a dignified life for the persons with disabilities, the government Acts concerning disabilities must be implemented strictly. Best of the laws on paper have little value unless implemented on the ground,� she added.

Shishu Sarothi has been working on training both the disabled children and the special educators. The efforts of the organization were lauded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2004, when it received the Best Institution Category Award from the hands of the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Again in 2006, the State government conferred the Best Communities Work Award on it.

�Working in the field of disability has enriched my life in more ways than one. It has made me a better person and I have learnt a lot from these children. I have found my work very fulfilling and educative,� she said.

Speaking about the future projects of the organization, she mentioned that Shishu Sarothi is now working on the social assimilation of the specially-abled children.

�Though we have done some work in this field, we want to improve our services in the future. For the rehabilitation and proper development of the special children, inclusive education is very necessary, where our children get an opportunity to learn with other children. But unfortunately, many schools still have reservations about this fact.

�These children do not need pity, thus the Acts for disabled people have to be right-based. The government must also ensure barrier-free access for disabled people in all public places and important buildings. But, most of all, the attitude of society should change towards people with disability. If that happens, disability would not be a big problem anymore,� she added.

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Mira Kagti receives Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award

GUWAHATI, Nov 18 � In recognition of her contributions towards the development of women and children, mostly the disabled, Mira Kagti, founder director of Shishu Sarothi received the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2010, instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, on November 14, 2011.

Kagti has been associated with Shishu Sarothi, an organization working in the field of rehabilitation and training of persons with disabilities since its inception.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Kagti expressed happiness on the growth of Shishu Sarothi into one of the best institutions working in the field of disability in the North East.

�The institution that started with only two children in 1987 is a nationally known organization now. With so many years of experience, we want to make some positive changes in the field o disability in the State,� said Kagti.

�To ensure a dignified life for the persons with disabilities, the government Acts concerning disabilities must be implemented strictly. Best of the laws on paper have little value unless implemented on the ground,� she added.

Shishu Sarothi has been working on training both the disabled children and the special educators. The efforts of the organization were lauded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2004, when it received the Best Institution Category Award from the hands of the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Again in 2006, the State government conferred the Best Communities Work Award on it.

�Working in the field of disability has enriched my life in more ways than one. It has made me a better person and I have learnt a lot from these children. I have found my work very fulfilling and educative,� she said.

Speaking about the future projects of the organization, she mentioned that Shishu Sarothi is now working on the social assimilation of the specially-abled children.

�Though we have done some work in this field, we want to improve our services in the future. For the rehabilitation and proper development of the special children, inclusive education is very necessary, where our children get an opportunity to learn with other children. But unfortunately, many schools still have reservations about this fact.

�These children do not need pity, thus the Acts for disabled people have to be right-based. The government must also ensure barrier-free access for disabled people in all public places and important buildings. But, most of all, the attitude of society should change towards people with disability. If that happens, disability would not be a big problem anymore,� she added.