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Create amenities for PWDs: Chotisuh
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Jan. 2011 12:06 AM IST
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Nagaland parliamentary secretary for social welfare, child & women development Chotisuh Sazo Thursday called upon various government departments in the state to create amenities for Persons With Disability (PWDs) to ensure that they were provided equal opportunity in the society.
Sazo was addressing the gathering at a musical programme, organized for the benefit of PWDs in Nagaland by Nagaland Mercy Mission (NMM) at IMC Hall, Dimapur.
Lamenting that Naga society still shunned PWDs, Sazo said such mindset would be done away with if NGOs working with PWDs and government departments worked collectively in creating awareness and provide resources according to the needs of PWDs.
The parliamentary secretary also highlighted various benefits given to PWDs by the government.
He pointed out that currently 2386 people with disability in the state were drawing pension while financial assistance was being provided to 300 blind persons and 495 PWDs, and 3% job reservation quota.
He emphasized the need to sensitize various sections of the society to ensure that PWDs were not discriminated in order to bring them out to the mainstream, that their potential could be determined and ideal rehabilitation be created for them.
Meanwhile, Prodigal's Home Dimapur director K. Ela gave a brief update of various works being conducted by community based rehabilitation for persons with disabilities (CBR) NGOs. She said the Dimapur district CBR programme has 16 trained workers who were providing home-based education to children with special needs and physiotherapy; creating awareness to parents and working with churches and community leaders, and government departments, linking them with PWDs. CBR was established in the state in 2007 has now five organizations working in Dimapur- Prodigal's Home, People in Need Foundation, Guardian Angel, Development Authority of Nagaland (Catholic church) and Nagaland Development Outreach (NBCC). Those five CBR NGOs have so far identified about 1050 PWDs in Dimapur district alone, Ela stated. She also said CBR was optimistic that the set up of Nagaland Mercy Mission would contribute much towards PWDs, providing them support and services along with a much required special home and institute.
Besides featuring Naga Idols Rokovotuo, Toshinaro, Topeni and Illitoli, and a special appearance by MTV Rock On 2010 (Kurkure Desi Beats) winners Divine Connection, the musical evening also witnessed children with special needs presenting various items. Mhachio, Yapanglemba and Eyingbeni from Prodigal's Home presented choruses, while Ajungla presented a song, a special dance by Along, and a sharing by PWD Tainla Imsong.
Mention may be made here that Nagaland Mercy Mission Society is an organization formed in 2010, with the aim to provide assistance and guidance for persons with developmental and physical disabilities in the state through medical, social, service and friendship models. It was learnt that NMM is in the process of signing a MoU with Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School, USA.
Earlier, talking to media persons, the initiator of NMM and executive director Multi Cultural Group, Greater Boston USA Rev.Dr. Mar Imsong said the mission would be networking with various NGOs as well as churches to work collectively in helping PWDs from the grass-root levels. He said the musical programme was organized to create awareness on the needs of PWDs and improve their living conditions. He elucidated on how awareness could bring together various sections of the society like the church, the government and the public bring about change and make an impact in helping persons with special needs. Rev. Dr. Imsong was accompanied by pastor to Baptist Pastoral Family Massachusetts, USA, Rev. Michael Harvey and executive director of Conference of Baptist Ministers Massachusetts, Edward Hobard.

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