PwDs in Manipur demand separate department

PwDs in Manipur demand separate department
Persons with disabilities staging protest at state social welfare office in Imphal on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 30 | Publish Date: 8/30/2018 10:01:56 AM IST

Persons with disabilities (PwDs) from across the state Thursday staged a protest in front of the state social welfare department office pressing the authority to address their long pending demands.

The protest was staged under the under the aegis of the State Platform of Disabled Peoples’ Organization (SPDPO). 

One of the main demands of PwDs was setting up of a separate department for the PwDs.

PwDs from both hills and valley districts converged in Imphal North AOC since morning and marched towards the social welfare office located near 2nd MR complex, around 100 meter with their tricycles, white cane and walking stick, etc. 

Some of them took the help of their guardians and others to take part in the protest.

Placards which read “We want a separate directorate”, “Disability rights are civil rights”, and “We want our demand” etc. were displayed during the protest.

Talking to media, SPDPO president Yunus Khan alleged that PwDs in the state were deprived of their rights guaranteed under Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act.

“We have been demanding a separate directorate for the persons with disability so that all rights guaranteed in the RPwD Act are ensured to the differently abled persons”, Yunus Khan said.

He alleged that they have submitted memorandums to the concerned minister and chief minister on various occasions but their appeals had been turned down.

Lamenting that they felt disappointed with the partiality shown towards them by the government and responsible department, the president threatened that SPDPO will be compelled to launch a series of agitations if their demands were not met.

“Government does not consider our demands seriously. This is our first protest. If the government fails to give assurance in written to translate into action to our demand, we will be compelled to launch intense agitation like bandh, blockade etc.”, Yunus said.


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