VP: People with disability must be treated with empathy

RSTV Bureau
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at an event in Guwahati in Assam on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at an event in Guwahati in Assam on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for an inclusive society with no discrimination against the differently-abled people.

The Vice President said this while launching the Deen Dayal Divyangajan Sahajya Scheme in Guwahati on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Under the scheme every differently-abled person in the state will be entitled to a one-time grant of Rs 5,000 for their treatment.

The Vice President also lauded the Assam government for introducing the Pranam Act that entails all government employees to make contributions from their salaries for the elderly and differently-abled family members.

He also asked the authorities to make public places accessible to them so that they are not deprived of any opportunities.

“Accessibility should be made mandatory and the entire society should encourage and help them in all possible manners. The state government should ensure that all beneficiaries get their dues under the various schemes introduced for them,” he said.

The Vice President called upon banks and financial institutions to provide them loans in an easy and simplified manner.

“Post demonetisation, banks have a lot of money. The government has also introduced schemes for the differently-abled people. It should be ensured that the beneficiaries get to avail of both to lead a life of dignity”, Naidu added.

According to 2011 census, India is home to 2.21 per cent of the total 15 per cent of differently-abled population across the globe, explained the Vice President in his address to the event.

(With inputs from agencies)