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Tarigami for comprehensive reservation policy for disabled
JAMMU, Dec 3: CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has called for a comprehensive reservation policy for the disabled in private educational institutions, training and professional colleges and other employment concerns to empower the disabled population in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued here today, Tarigami said that there is urgent need to evolve, develop and focus on measures to build capacities among this miserable lot for their dignified living and equal opportunities to progress and development.

Stressing on opening of special vocational rehabilitation centers in the State, he said that training in different crafts and trades would hone their skills and enhance their employability. He said instances are galore when many disabled persons across the world have excelled the normal people by achieving rare feats in scientific, research, economic and other pursuits after they received proper attention.

Maintaining that rising problems of the disabled can’t be addressed through lip service, pseudo promises or ritual celebration of World Disability Day, he said serious policy intervention is the need of the hour to facilitate their independent living and self determining existence. He termed security assistance at the rate of Rs 400 per month as a cruel joke with them, saying the amount is too low to meet their even basic food need especially in the present days of high price escalation.

Demanding setting up of a Disability Commission in the State and implementation of JK Persons with Disabilities Act 1998, Mental Health Act 1987, National Trust Act – 1999, Tarigami said that the administrative structure would be instrumental in looking at their problems holistically and formulating policy inputs for their welfare. The State’s Social Welfare department is overburdened and is not capable to redress the grievances of the disabled accounting for over 3% population in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
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News Updated at : Monday, December 3, 2012
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