Mokokchung, June 25 (MTNews): The Fifth Meeting of the Central Advisory Board on Disability was held on Friday at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi under the chairmanship of Dr. Virendra Kumar, Minister, Social Justice and Empowerment.


MoS of the Ministry Pratima Bhoumik along with Ministers from 12 States/ UTs participated in the meeting. Senior officers from States/UTs, Central Ministries/Departments and other organizations as well as nominated members representing PwDs and their associations also attended the meeting, a PIB report said.


The Central Advisory Board deliberated on various important issues in the disability sector such as status of implementation of the RPwD Act, 2016, Accessible India Campaign, Unique Disability Identity Card Project, matters relating to implementation of DDRS, DDRC and National Action Plan for Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities, Disability Pension, etc.


The Central Advisory Board urged all the States/UTs to expeditiously notify the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, constitute State Advisory Boards, District level Committees, Designate District Level Courts, appoint independent Commissioners for PwDs, if not yet done so.


The States/UTs were advised to upscale the pace of implementation of the UDID project so as to achieve saturation by August, 2022. They were also advised by the Central Advisory Board to enhance the quantum of disability pension so as to enable Divyangjan to live a dignified life.


Nagaland minister Temjen Imna Along attended the meeting on behalf of the government of Nagaland. “Had a productive discussion on ways to further initiate the welfare of the specially abled section of India,” Imna Along tweeted. He also thanked Nagaland chief minister for giving him the opportunity to attend the meeting on behalf of the government of Nagaland.


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