The HP State Government would consider to provide reservation to the differently-able children in the Government as well as in private sector as per their abilities, stated HP CM Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the State level World Disability Day today.
He said that it was the responsibility of the Government to ensure better future to specially-abled children. However, the society and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) should also come forward to extend helping hand and ensure their rehabilitation, recreation, social security besides tertiary and technical education and skill development so that they might be able to create opportunity of self- employment for them.
He assured that the State government would fully support the NGO’s working dedicatedly in service of such persons and ensure their well being and education and make them capable of being self employable. The Chief Minister said that more institutions and schools for specially-abled children would be opened in the State and the Government would ensure that trained teachers are posted in such schools. “I want that persons with disability may enjoy equal opportunities for growth and development and access the facilities to lead productive, safe and dignified life”, said Mr. Singh.
The Chief Minister honored the children who took part in various cultural activities and appreciated the hoteliers for providing employment to specially-abled children. He also lauded the efforts of Rotary Club, the State Red Cross Society and the NGO’s who have come forward to extend helping hand to such children.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil said that various welfare schemes are implemented for special children as currently state identified as many as 26076 persons visually impaired, 34978 deaf and dumb, 32550 persons not able to walk properly, 8986 mentally retarded and 52726 suffering with other disabilities.