International Day of Persons with Disabilities Observed

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HT Correspondent

TEZPUR, Dec 3: Uttar Assam Divyanga Sanstha, a frontline organisation voicing for the specially abled persons belonging to the northern belt of the region observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Friday at the district library auditorium here with special focus on attracting government’s attention towards their long pending issues besides organising symposium on how society should deal with the specially abled persons.

The day-long programme started in the morning with the unfurling of Sanstha’s flag by Mridul Kumar Bora, general secretary, UADS which was followed by a plantation programme initiated by the president of the organisation, Jitumoni Nath and offering of homage by working president of the organisation Md. Ryaz Ansari.

Among other dignitaries, the open session held under the presidentship of retired officer of education department under Arunachal government, Chittadev Sarmah was graced by publicity secretary of Assam Sahitya Sabha, Pankaj Baruah, Sonitpur DC Bhupesh Chandra Das, Tezpur MLA Prithiraj Rabha, SP Sonitpur, Dr. Dhananjay P. Ghanawat, Chatrabhushan Gogoi, District and session Judge, Dutibha Borah, ADC, artist Mahendra Hazarika, in-charge officer of social welfare department, Sonitpur, Kabita Phangso and senior journalist Pulak Kumar Deka.

Meanwhile, attending the programme as appointed speaker, Pankaj Baruah spoke on how the society should behave and deal with the persons with disabilities. Touching upon the world context regarding the issue, the noted social worker also mentioned that more than 1 billion people experience disability, and this figure is predicted to rise, mostly because of population ageing and an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.

“While disability correlates with disadvantage, not all people with disabilities are equally disadvantaged. Much depends on the context in which they live, and whether they have equal access to health, education and employment, among others. As governments and the international community continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, and plan a course forward, it is essential that disability inclusion is central to health system planning, development, and decision making,” Baruah said. Other dignitaries present in the session too spoke on the issue and urged all concerned to come forward together to share the snags encountered by the people with disabilities.

Earlier a symposium ‘Persons with disability are also a part of the society and all disabled persons are not disadvantaged’ was organised in which Dr. Buli Nag Daimary, psychiatrist of LGBRIMH, Tezpur, noted physician, Dr. Durlav Saikia and secretary, District Legal Services’ Authority, Sonitpur, Chinnai Borah were speakers to talk on the subject. It was followed by a special cultural programme performed by the specially abled persons which enthralled all present in the programme.

In Kokrajhar: Along with the rest of the state, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) was observed in Kokrajhar with a day-long programme scheduled at Magurmari Bazar ground on Friday.

An open discussion on the topic of ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-Covid-19 world’ was organised on the occasion which highlighted the welfare aspects of the persons with disabilities among the society.

The event was organised by Action for Inclusion & Empowerment Trust (AIET) in collaboration with All Adivasi Women Association (AAWA) and Magurmari anchalik AASAA committee.

Deputy commissioner of Kokrajhar, Varnali Deka graced the occasion as the chief guest.

Deka said that the state government and district administration has been stepping to extend support and helping hand towards the needy people of the society.

She said that concerned authorities are working for the welfare and development of the citizens.

Director of the AIET, Bhaotina Mushahary told that her AIET trust has been emphasising on bringing healthy welfare and development among the society to bring socially uplift the region. She informed that the state government and district administration has been extending necessary support for the needy people of the region.

Among others, Pratibha Brahma, chairperson, Kokrajhar Municipality Board, Baloram Khetry, secretary, DLSA Kokrajhar, Raju Narzary, executive director, NERSWN, Pawan Basistha, Block coordinator, DSWO, Kokrajhar were prominent attendees in the event.

 

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