They need respect, not sympathy: Minister Badole

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Dec 2017 09:24:59


Staff Reporter,

“The society needs to give respect to persons with disabilities instead of extending mere sympathy. The persons with disabilities are very much part of the society and they have a strong desire to contribute to the cause of nation building.

They need to be treated with respect for their talent,” said Rajkumar Badole, Social Justice Minister.
Badole was speaking at a programme organised to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Chitnis Park here on Sunday. Sharad Donekar, Vice-President of Zilla Parishad (ZP); Deepak Gedam, Chairman of Social Justice Committee of ZP; Dr Siddharth Gaikwad, Deputy Commissioner (Social Justice); Sukeshini Telgote, Social Justice Officer, and others also shared the dais on this occasion.

In his speech, Badole appreciated the performances of Divyang children at the outset of the programme. He assured that his department would take appropriate decision regarding pending demands of teachers, schools, and organisations working for welfare of persons with disabilities.

During the programme, Badole felicitated Vinal Sangode, recipient of the President’s award. The meritorious students from various schools also were felicitated on this occasion. Vinal Sangode conducted the proceedings of the programme and Sukeshini Telgote proposed a vote of thanks.

Earlier in the day, Divyang children took out a rally from Gandhibagh garden. Badole flagged off the rally. Girish Vyas, MLC; Nisha Sawarkar, ZP President; Dayashankar Tiwari, Dr Siddharth Gaikwad and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Badole distributed aid to persons with disabilities in another programme organised by Composite Regional Centre (CRC) at Yashwant Stadium here on Sunday. Gurbaksh Chand
Jagota, Director of CRC, Nagpur; Siddharth Gaikwad were the guests on this occasion. The aid were distributed under Central Government’s Assistance to Disabled Persons for Appliances scheme.

The minister distributed aid to persons with disabilities screened during a two-day camp held at Yashwant Stadium on October 7 and October 8 earlier this year. The aid distributed on Sunday included tricycle, wheelchair, crutches, rollators, walking sticks, hearing aid etc. The children with disabilities presented various cultural events. The guests distributed prizes to them.

Dr Prafulla Shinde conducted the proceedings of the programme and Sonali Gedam proposed a vote of thanks. Sanjay Pusam, Neeraj Madhukar, Aparna Bhalerao, Sajila Gopan, Kalyani Bhagwat, Isac Michael, Debashish Panda, Abhinav Kumar, Suresh Kesri, Anil Rawal and other members of the staff of CRC worked hard to make the programme successful.

It may be mentioned here that Maharashtra has 29,63,392 persons with disabilities as per the population Census-2011. It constitutes 2.01 per cent of the total population of the State. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, considered this fact and took initiative in starting CRC at Nagpur from October 2015. The centre comes under Divyang Empowerment Department of Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.