Imphal , July 10,
CAF & PD, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam said that, every person even if differently abled , is endowed with a unique potential and ability and we should nurture in them the essence of living by showing humanity, love, compassion and encouragement so that they walk in the society in parallel with others with pride.
He was speaking as Chief Guest at the Teaching Learning Material(TLM) kits distribution programme for persons with intellectual disabilities(Divyangan) at Manipur Press Club today.
The programme was organised by the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangyan)(NIEPID) in collaboration with the office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Manipur and Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur.
R.K. Kumarjit Singh(MD), State Commissioner for Disabilities, Government of Manipur; Bantee Singh Konthoujam(MCS), Joint Director(ICDS), Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur; Dr.G.Mary Anurupa, Assistant Professor(Paediatrics), NIEPID,Secunderabad; Mugesh Thulasikanthan, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ), NIEPID,Secunderabad and K Romesh Singh, District Social Welfare Officer, Imphal West attended the function as President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Minister Karam Shyam further expressed that we should appreciate persons with disabilities and co-operate with them instead of underestimating them. “Parents should identify the hidden talents and personalities of children with disabilities and hold pride of their calibres. Lets try to flourish them and give them no room for depression or disappointment”, he added.
Dr.G.Mary Anurupa highlighted that firstly, they try to identify children with intellectual disabilities and subsequently, distribute TLM kits to them as part of the overall programme . Such programmes that have been successfully implemented for the last 5 years since 2015 in Manipur are useful in helping them acquire the needed skills, she also stated.
Bantee Singh Konthoujam mentioned that the Government is also seeing to the concerns and grievances of intellectually disabled persons during the monthly Meeyamgi Numit.
Speaking as president of the function, R.K. Kumarjit Singh reiterated on the need of extension of exam duration and doubling of allowances for persons with disabilities. Plan is in the pipeline for carrying out similar programmes in Senapati, Kangpokpi and Bishnupur districts of the state.
TLM kits were distributed to persons with intellectual disabilities belonging to different kendras of Manipur in 2 phases during the function.
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