Manipur Social Welfare Minister Okram Henry on Thursday announced that the government will launch a Skill Development Training Programme for persons with disabilities shortly.
The minister was speaking during the distribution of essential items to PWDs on the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2020 held at Social Welfare Complex, Takyel.
Speaking at the occasion, Henry stated that other new schemes or projects are also in the pipeline and will be launched soon after due consultation and approval from the chief minister.
To have better accessibility and communication, a new website and mobile application will be launched soon for the Social Welfare Department. Any individual can lodge their grievances or problems or suggestions through the website and mobile application, he said, adding that no one should be compelled to go to offices to get and submit forms for various schemes. He maintained that "god has gifted PWDs and individuals with different learning abilities with unique capabilities and talents".
“We should recognise the capabilities and improve accessibility for PWDs and must end all the barriers faced by them,” he stressed.
He also said that the government has introduced various welfare programmes for persons with disabilities such as Chief Ministergi Sotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST) and such welfare scheme has given benefits to thousands of PWDs.
Director of Social Welfare Ng Uttam assured that the pending financial assistance under CMST will be transferred directly to the beneficiary accounts from Thursday.
Uttam further stated that various awareness camps will be organised in every district to register and identify persons with disability so as to provide UDID card and disability certificate soon.