Kohima, December 03 (NEx): The ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ is observed every year on December 3rd and the National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are conferred on that Day, in recognition of the contributions/skills of persons with disabilities and also in recognition of the contribution made by Government organizations/ institutions and the private entities in the field of empowerment of persons with disabilities.
This year, the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with disabilities (PWDs) stands postponed as the meeting of the National Selection Committee to select awardees for National Awards which was scheduled on December 01 have been postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment had issued an advertisement on July 25, 2020 inviting applications for the National Awards, 2020. Applications/nominations have been received by the Department, it said.
Consequently, the selection process has to be undertaken in a detailed manner by examination of documents and records submitted by the applicants, thereafter, it is placed before the National Selection Committee.
The meeting of the National Selection Committee had been scheduled to be held on December 01, 2020, which has been postponed due to prevailing situation of Covid-19 pandemic. Once the situation improves, the meeting of the National Selection Committee will be held for taking up the exercise under intimation to the public through a prior notice, a report by PIB said.
Meanwhile, the State commissioner of Persons With Disabilities, Nagaland, Diethono Nakhro has advised that large gatherings and programmes should be avoided due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
Nakhro also reminded that many people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable due to underlying health conditions and this must be given utmost consideration while making a decision in this regard.