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Govt asks for public suggestions on separate dept for disabilities

Govt asks for public suggestions on separate dept for disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has asked for public suggestions on the different department for the disabilities. The government will also upload the draft policy for the making of the department along with the draft organisational structure of the department. Delhi government is looking to 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 TD 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 that the disabled people face, the condition of those people in the city, the current schemes and all other aspects," said Dhariyal.

Dr Satendra Singh a doctor and a disability rights activist is also a member of this committee explained that they have urged the government to gather suggestions from the public as that will broaden understanding of the needs. "We have already started our work and by two months we will submit the full report to the government. Right now the only draft of the policy is being prepared and we have asked for public suggestions as in the committee we are only three people with disability and as the government wants to reach out more people the voice of others would be necessary," Singh told Millennium Post.

He also said that the demand of a separate department was always there but it was not

materialising as the governments were not willing. In

July this year, the social welfare minister also instructed the officials to fully computerise 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 ensure" under the district officers auspices.

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