Dignity for persons with disabilities

December 3 marks an important day in the calendar year. It marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations General Assembly in 1992 announced the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons by resolution 47/3. The day is observed with the aim of understanding issues facing ‘Divyangjan’and gaining support to ensure that their rights to well-being, dignity and equal opportunities are practiced.

The significance of the day is paramount as people born with disabilities deserve a high standard of life filled with respect and dignity. This year’s theme is –United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with and by persons with disabilities.

According to the United Nations, the observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life, The United Nations said on official website.

Lieutenant Governor On the day, Lieutenant Governor said that stressed socio-economic empowerment of persons with disabilities and developing an enabling environment for them to lead a dignified life.

He said the government is committed to end all discrimination and create an inclusive, just and equitable society in which these people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to realise their potential and dreams.

Various initiatives for inclusion of Divyangjans, he said, include J&K Rights to Persons with Disabilities Rules, Appointment of a Disability Commissioner for focused attention and Registration with National Trust emphasizing the commitment to Intellectual Disabilities.

The Administration, he said, has also taken steps to recognise 100% visual disability as benchmark disability for MTS post, increase in number of benchmark disabilities for various posts in Government sector and 200% increase in distribution of retrofitted scooties to achieve saturation.

One of the most important things that should be provided to disabled people is their right to well-being and equal opportunities. Every year, International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with disabilities and explore ideas on how one can work together to ensure that equal rights are provided to each of them. Integration of people with disabilities is important in every aspect of life, mostly political, social, economic and cultural.

All sections of the society need to join hands in ensuring complete integration of these people into the mainstream and their effective participation in socio-economic activities with dignity.

The administrations must ensure every support and assistance to Persons with Disabilities in their entrepreneurial and business ventures.

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