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Delhi govt to bring new dept for people with disability

Delhi govt  to bring new dept for people with disability

NEW DELHI: On the International Day of Disabled Persons, the Delhi government has some good news for the citizens, as it is looking at establishing a new department for people with disabilities. Till now, the social welfare department has been dealing with such matters while Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam has formed an experts committee to look into the matter.

"The committee has been formed and the first meeting was successful. We are looking at all the aspects of the social, economic and structural needs for the department," said T D Dhariyal, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Delhi.

The department and the committee would look into the issues faced by the people with disabilities. "The committee has various experts and the officials of the government. We will find out what are the main problems the disabled people face, the condition of those people in the city, the current schemes and all other aspects," said Dhariyal. He added that the department has not yet formed any timeline for the making of the department but the work will start soon.

The officials said that after finalising all the aspects of the department, the proposal would go through the official permission for a separate department. Rajendra Pal Gautam took this initiative after he found that the people with disabilities in the city face many troubles by the official.

"The minister paid many visits to the city offices where the disable people come and found that the problems they have a long list. The minister also urged the official to deal with the matters carefully but with time he realised that a separate department would be more helpful," said an official.

In July this year, Gautam instructed the officials to fully computerize all the district offices and set up a single window clearance system for all issues and public announcements in district offices regarding the processes to be followed in the offices. "A token system would be introduced so that all visitors barring the one called to the counter would be seated comfortably in the office. Water, sanitation and toilet services too would be provided in all the offices," the Minister's office said in a statement. Gautam warned everyone that any irregularity in delivering services or harassment caused to any citizen" will be dealt very sternly and actions would ensue" under the district officers auspices.

Sayantan Ghosh

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