Need to focus on innovation to explore talent of people with disabilities: Govt
India Samvad , Dec 9, 2017
According to a 2011 survey, there are around 2.68 cr persons with disabilities (Divyangjan) people living in India. The majority among this number are living in poor condition.
Shakuntala Doley Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), said that there was a need to focus on making them part of the society and discover their talent which is often unexplored because of lack of exposure.
Addressing a sensitization workshop on ‘Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace: Rights of Persons with Disabilities ACT 2016 (RPwD Act, 2016)’ organized by industry body FICCI Gamlin said, “We must look at people like Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking who have achieved exemplary success despite their disabilities. We need to look for innovation beyond technology and focus on innovation for people with disabilities so that their optimum talent can be explored”.
She added that the central government was taking a leadership role for it to be implemented successfully across the states.
Dolly Chakrabarty, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), highlighted the salient features of ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016’ and shared about the plans for the popularization of Accessibility Index and Incentives to Private Employer Scheme.
Briefing about the Act, she mentioned that the obligations under the new disability act apply not only to Government establishments but also to “private establishments”, be it companies, firms, cooperatives or other societies, associations, trusts, agencies, institutions, organizations, unions, factories or such other establishments as may be specified.
Such private employers are now subject to requirements (i) to promote an equal opportunity policy and (ii) to comply with the standards of accessibility prescribed by the Indian Central Government.
Supplementing Smt. Gamlin’s speech, she also said that Disability and poverty go hand in hand and to break this vicious circle, we must empower them through access to opportunities.
Uma Seth, Director, FICCI CSR said, “FICCI strongly believes in creating an inclusive India and we have been working on building such an environment through FICCI’s CSR vertical since the last two decades.”
Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace: Sensitization Workshop on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016