An awareness cum sensitisation programme on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 among district officials was held today at the conference hall of the DC’s office, Sonitpur which was organised by the O/O Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Assam in collaboration with Sonitpur district administration in association with the Global Health Immunisation and Population Control Organisation.
Commissioner, Disabilities, Assam, Debeshwar Bora gave a detailed overview of the Right to Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and the 21 types of disabilities it covers for the knowledge of all attendees. He also highlighted the duties and responsibilities of all Government departments with regards to accessibility, access to information and communication technology, consumer goods, mandatory observance of accessibility norms, etc. Along with this he also highlighted the duties of the educational institutions, skill development and employment, etc., and also spoke on the special provisions for PwDs under the RPwD Act, 2016 along with special schemes and development programmes available.
Rajeev Bhardwaj of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India spoke on the rights of PwDs to equality, a life with dignity and respect and also on the offences and penalties under various provisions of the RPwD Act. i/c DC Romy Baruah, CEO, Zilla Parishad, Diganta Baishya, Addsl SP, ADCs, Banti Talukdar, Dyotiva Bora, SDO(S) Biraj Boruah, Asst Commissioner and i/c DSWO Kabita Phangchoi, heads of various departments and other staff of DC’s office were present in today’s meeting.