Manipur Social Welfare director Ng Uttam on Thursday said the government has included Rs 2 crore in the annual budget for construction of government-run old age home, exclusively for people with disability (PWD) elderly persons.
He was speaking during inauguration of two-day Continuation Rehabilitation Education (CRE) programme on management of childhood disorders and behaviour problems for special educators held at the Conference Hall of Spastic Society of Manipur, Tapokpi Bazaar, Langthabal Kunja, Imphal West on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Uttam said in the state there are many government-funded old age homes but run by private NGOs where PWDs can stay. As of now, there is no government old aged home for PWDs, he said, adding the government is planning to construct such homes, funded and run by the state government. For the construction of such homes, Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned, he added.
He further said the number of autism cases has been increasing in the state and to manage such cases during childhood, the two days programme is being organised. He said such similar programmes need to be organized frequently.
He appealed to the guardians and parents not to hide their children from the society if unusual behaviour is seen in their children in early childhood. Early detection of disorder could be corrected at maximum, he said.
The Social Welfare director also appealed to the general public to suggest while coining the term People With Disability (PWD) in Manipuri terms but in a positive way.
The programme was organised by National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Dehradun, in association with Spastic Society of Manipur and approved by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI).
During the programme 30 educators participated.