The 21st National Parents Meeting was inaugurated at Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32 (GMCH-32) on Monday. Over 300 parents of intellectually disabled children from across India came together to discuss issues like employment,disability legislation,social security and local issues.
The theme of the meet this year was Making Rights Real! Approach To Inclusion. The meet was organised by PARIVAR – the national confederation of parents organisations and is being sponsored by National Institute for Mentally Handicapped (NIMH),Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,Secunderabad.
Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja said the government is working to remove barriers in the careers of persons with disabilities and to ensure full and equal participation. She announced an increase in grants by the Ministry to National conference of disabled people from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 7.5 lakhs and also for regional conference from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. She also said that the government is working on the enactment of new Act replacing the present one,which they will try to bring up in the winter session of Parliament. Awinash Awasthi,joint secretary,department of disability affairs said,We have put the draft on net,proposing reservation from 3 per cent to 5 per cent for persons with disability. Also,from six disabilities mentioned in PWD act,we are presenting in the draft to increase the number to 18 disabilities.
The others who were present included MP Pawan Kumar Bansal,social activist Kiran Bedi,chairperson of National Trust,Poonam Natrajan and former director of NIMH,Dr DK Menon.