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NAPAD to launch ‘Badhte Kadam’
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Oct. 2010 1:07 AM IST
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Badhte Kadam - an all India disabilities awareness campaign would be launched by the Nagaland Parents’ Association for Disabilities (NAPAD) from November 19 - 26 in eight districts of the state. Badhte Kadam is an effort to create awareness on U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that disabled people are an integral part of the society. An initiation of the National Trust, the project will be launched nation wide on November 16 till 30 in New Delhi.
Briefing the media, NAPAD informed that Badhte Kadam would be launched in Kohima on November 19 followed by other districts including Wokha, Phek, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Peren, Tuensang and will finally culminate with a charitable concert in Dimapur on November 26. During the programme, information on various schemes generated by National Trust particularly for disabled people would be disseminated.
A booklet on disability would be distributed to the masses, which would be translated into 16 major dialects of the state by the department of Information and Public Relations. Melas for disabled people will also be held.
In light of the project, parents of disabled children expressed their grievances and need for a disability commissioner in Nagaland for easier execution of works. The NAPAD reiterated its demands for a Disability Commissioner, stating that no department was separately looking after disabilities in the state. President of NAPAD, Marlong Longkumer, said that the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabilities gave provision for 3% reservation of seats for the disabled, and a separate commissioner for disability which was not being implemented in Nagaland. He appealed to the government to set up a commissioner for the disabled in Nagaland and set 3% reservation as per the UN convention. Member of NAPAD, Purnima Kayina, expressed hope that the government, masses, NGOs and affected people would participate in Badhte Kadam and make it a success. Organizations supporting the project include the Nagaland State Red Cross Society, nodal officers of Census department and Unlock Entertainment, which would manage the entire event.

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