Sensitization and Awareness Campaign Programme on Rights of RPwD Act 2016, held at Peren

Peren, October 30 (NE): A Sensitization and Awareness Campaign Programme on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 for all Head of Government Departments under Peren District was held on Tuesday, 29th Oct’ 2019 at DC’s Conference Hall, New District Headquarter, Peren.

The programme was organized by Mission Mode Team (Accessible India Campaign) in collaboration with Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and the campaign was chaired by DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier, NCS.

Secretary to the Govt. of Nagaland & Team Leader, Mission Mode Team (AIC), K. Libanthung Lotha, while highlighting on the roles and responsibilities of the Mission Mode Team (AIC) asserted that it is a nation-wide flagship campaign programme carried out by the Government of India based on RPwD Act, 2016 to achieve universal accessibility for Persons with disabilities. He stated that Peren is the 4th district in the state to conduct this campaign which will be continuing in other districts too. While speaking, he also mentioned that RPwD Act, 2016 came into force on April 19th, 2017 which was passed by both the Houses of the Parliament on 16th Dec’ 2016 replacing the older Act i.e., Person with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The Act was passed to fulfill India’s obligation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which India ratified in 2007, Libanthung added.

K. Libanthung Lotha, In the introductory note, futher appealed the District Officials, NGOs and Stake holders that it is their sole responsibility to sensitize and aware all the people as directed by the Supreme Court Of India and be an agent for successful implementation on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016.

Also speaking on the campaign as resource person, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Diethono Nakhro stressed on the overview of RPwD Act, 2016, Status of Implementation & Way Forward and stated that there are 21 Specified Disabilities under the RPwD Act, 2016 and it contains 17 chapters and 102 sections and under the Act all educational institutions funded or recognized by the Government shall provide inclusive education to children with disabilities from the age of six to sixteen years.

The Government is required to take steps for development of skills and employment such as providing loans, training and marketing of products, required to take measures to provide accessibility in the physical environment, transportation, information and communications including appropriate technologies and systems in both urban and rural areas, Special Courts are to be designated in each district to handle cases concerning violation of Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Diethono Nakhro, also expressed on the need to provide an educated mentor or a teacher who can give proper education to the persons with disabilities and also shared the status and difficulties faced by the disabled persons. In addition, she also spoke on the importance of accessibility and the need to promote sign language in our state for the disabled persons.

(News Source: DPRO & IA Peren)