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Saturday, June 9, 2012

India Ministry of Social Justice creates a separate department for the welfare of the disabled.

"Separate dept for 2.1cr disabled" , The Times Of India Mumbai, Jun 7, 2012, Times Nation Page:11. 

"New Delhi: In a move to focus on the problems of the disabled, the social justice ministry has carved a separate department to cater to the vulnerable group that accounts for over two crore of the population."...

..."The minister stressed that, with the responsibility of the welfare of the disabled assigned to a separate department, it would be easier to coordinate with various stakeholders, NGOs, state governments, related Central ministries and international organizations like the United Nations, as India is a signatory to UNCRPD."... 

"Times View: We hope that the creation of a new department for the disabled within the social justice ministry reflects a genuine determination on the part of the government to address their issues more effectively and not just a token gesture. 
It is also important that all of us in civil society recognise that it is not enough for the government to make an effort in this direction. 

If the manner in which our society deals with disability is to change, it is up to every one of us to contribute to that change. Institutions, whether in the public or private sector obviously have an important role to play, but so do individuals." 


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