Workshop on strategic planning for disability

Workshop on strategic planning for disability
Diethono Nakhro (seated) during the inauguration of occupational therapy facility. (NP)
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/25/2021 1:29:27 PM IST
A workshop on “Strategic planning for disability”, was held at Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR), here in Dimapur on Thursday. 
Addressing the gathering, commissioner for persons with disability (PwD), Diethono Nakhro, said disability sector was completely neglected for a long period of time, especially in our state (Nagaland), lamenting that there was total neglect and very little awareness.  
She maintained that even after being recognised as an independent office, she asserted that the office was not being functioned properly. 
Maintaining that things were slowly moving in the right direction, whereby in various areas disability movement has become a strong force, Nakhro reiterated that although good number of people were coming out actively and speaking up for themselves, she lamented that it was ‘frustratingly’ slow, claiming that everything was being started from scratch. 
In regard to roles and functionaries of her office, Nakhro informed that some of the main duties of the office was to monitor and assure guarantee of various provisions of disability Acts, such as, rights of persons with disability Act 2016. 
She added that there were many schemes for disability sector, however many disability schemes and programmes were not implemented, for which she pointed that the office was trying its best to follow up on the neglected schemes and programmes, so as to not allow loss of opportunity of the benefits and schemes laid down for persons with disability. 
Nakhro also maintained that the office also possessed powers of civil code such as try cases of violation of rights and non-compliance, where the office can take up a suo moto or via complains taken up from persons with disability. 
In this, she stated that the court had been fully functional, where it had successfully taken up several cases, such as violation of rights, transfer and posting cases for persons with disability etc. 
Nakhro viewed that the Covid-19 pandemic situation was actually an eye opener for the office as it exposed the kind of deficiency that was present in the disaster management plan, with regard to disability inclusion. 
She maintained that people with disability were some of the worst impacted by the pandemic and were also one of the most at risk group of people and lamented that the disability community was basically nowhere in the picture when it came to the response in the covid situation. 
She further added that the office had to take charge and force the government to get in touch with different district administration, such that people with disability or their families were delivered reliefs such as rations or medicines. 
Another pandemic related project underway was the survey being carried out together with North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research, in Dimapur, to assess the covid impact on persons with disability and their families, she added. 
She further highlighted some of the programmes being carried out by the office, such as mental health related programme, tech education awareness, adaptive sports, inclusive education, and establishment of Composite Regional Centre (CRC), to which she lamented that Nagaland was the only state without a CRC in whole of India. 
Earlier, inaugural programme for “Occupational therapy facility” was conducted, where Nakhro inaugurated the facility. 
Short speeches were also delivered by Dr. Simpson, Dr. Atsung Aier, Shuyini, Rokotsino and Imlibenla, on the topics, “Children with special needs”, “CBR”, “Occupational therapy”, “Skills”, and “Arukah network”, respectively. 

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