Rally amplifies needs of people with disabilities

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu
Minister Thapa says she would ensure the policy is implemented, and make equal participation for persons with disabilities

Dec 4, 2018-Participants who mainly comprised persons with disabilities at the rally organised in Kathmandu to mark the 27th International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) have voiced for empowering them for inclusive equitable and sustainable development.

Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen and National Federation of Disabled, Nepal jointly organised the event to observe the IDPD here.

IDPD is globally observed on December 3  as across the UN-member states. The theme for this year is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’

The rally was flagged off from the Academy Hall in Kamaladi.

Participants carried placards displaying messages such as as ‘Count me in’, ‘Ensure inclusiveness and equity for persons with disabilities’, ‘Invest in sign language, Production and mobilization of the sign language interpreters’, ‘Psychosocial disabilities are not a person’s fault, it is the result of misconception and discrimination’ and ‘Implement the Acts on rights of persons with disabilities’.

The rally later ended in a corner meeting at the Office of the Social Welfare Council.

Women, Children and Senior Citizen Minister Thammaya Thapa said acts and laws promulgated to ensure the welfare of persons with disabilities must be effectively implemented.

Minister Thapa said she would ensure the policy is implemented, and make equal participation for persons with disabilities in every state structure.

Federation President Sudarshan Subedi demanded effective implementation of the provisions to construct disable-friendly infrastructures.

He said the Prime Minister’s Office, the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Kathmandu District Court among others had made disable-friendly infrastructures.

Private business sector, Chandragiri Hills Pvt Ltd, CTC Mall Sundhara, Grande Hospital at Tokha, Labim Mall at Pulchowk, Adharsha Saula Youth Secondary School and Nanglo Bakery Café at New Baneshower among others had installed disabled-friendly infrastructure. According to the latest census in 2011, there are 5,13,321 persons—1.94 per cent of the total population—living with different kinds of disabilities in the country. Among them, persons with physical disability accounted for 36.6 per cent, persons with visual impairment at 16.5 per cent, hearing impairment at 15.4 per cent.

Persons with verbal disability account for 11.5 per cent. Mentally slow persons comprise 6 per cent and those with multiple disabilities 7.5 per cent, according to the census. The World Health Organization’s data shows more than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability while 80 per cent of them live in developing countries.

Published: 04-12-2018 07:20

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