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Badhte Kadam launched
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Nov. 2010 1:22 AM IST
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Badhte Kadam – a mass national awareness programme on rights of differently-abled – was officially launched Friday by minister for school education and SCERT Nyeiwang Konyak here at State Academy Hall.
Subsequent to its launch in Kohima today, Badhte Kadam (Stepping Forward) programme would also be launched in other 8 districts including Wokha, Phek, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Peren, Tuensang and Dimapur.
Speaking at the launching programme, the education minister Nyeiwang Konyak called upon the people not to hide or discriminate differently-abled people but offer them opportunity to come forward and “excel independently”.
He said that Badhte Kadam was the right platform to create awareness on rights of the differently-abled in all parts of the state.
While lauding Nagaland Parents’ Association for the Disabled (NAPAD) for their initiation, Nyeiwang underscored the need for more participation from NGOs.
Highlighting that 2001 census had recorded 26,499 differently-abled people in the state, with 23,520 in rural areas and 3,979 in urban areas, the minister said accurate total was anticipated in 2011 census.
He urged people to give right information during census counts, especially on the number of differently-abled, so that government schemes meant for them would be rightly implemented.
State parliamentary secretary, social welfare and women development, Chotisuh Sazo, underlined the need for attitudinal change in the society from rigid mindset to that of broader and contributory attitude.
He said that it was time people removed stigma and discrimination for the uplift of differently-abled section of society.
Sazo said society should not underestimate the differently-abled, saying they have capabilities to contribute positively and richly to the society.
Social welfare department secretary Neihu C. Thur, while highlighting on programmes for disabilities in the state, informed that following 3% reservation of job seats for differently-abled, the state government had employed number of them.
He also informed that though constraint in resources, government would expand district Disabled Referral Centres in all parts of the state.
Kohima deputy commissioner Beiu Angami said various programmes and schemes for differently-abled would prove to be successful only when people change their attitude of regarding the differently-abled as liabilities in society.
Representative from census department, R.N. Chibak said that 2001 census had revealed 2% of disabled people in Nagaland as oppose to the suspected 10%. Pointing out the incorrect census data, Chibak informed that it was the objective of the census department to make the “invisible population visible” during the 2011 census.
NAPAD advisor Dr. Joyce Zinyü Angami, spoke on scheme of National Trust, while Zashekhobo Tetso spoke on Rights of Disability.
Other speakers included Dr. P. Ngullie, director of Spastic Society Nagaland; Zakie Kire, from Red Cross Society Nagaland Branch; Zalekhrulu Lohe on her experience as a disabled person; and Renbeni Odyuo on her special child.
Songs were presented by Methaneilie Solo, Rokovituo from Chandmari Higher Secondary School, and students of Cherry Blossoms School.
Earlier, wheel chairs were distributed to children with special needs, which was sponsored by Cherry Blossoms School and Red Cross Society, Nagaland Branch.
Launching of Badhte Kadam in Nagaland is being organized by the NAPAD, and it is an 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 was launched nation wide on November 16 in New Delhi.

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