Samta Di­was ob­served

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Ahomage func­tion on the oc­ca­sion of the 110th birth an­niver­sary of Babu Jagji­van Ram was or­gan­ised at 0730 hrs to 0800 hrs on 5thapril 2017 at Samta Sthal, op­po­site Rajghat, New Delhi by the Babu Jagji­van Ram Na­tional Foun­da­tion. The Func­tion at Samta Sthal started at 0730 hrs by pay­ing homage by Hon’ble Vice Pres­i­dent Shri Hamid An­sari, Ex Speaker Lok Sabha Smt Meira Ku­mar, Union Min­is­ter of So­cial Jus­tice & Em­pow­er­ment and Pres­i­dent Babu Jagji­van Ram Na­tional Foun­da­tion Shri Thaawarc­hand Gehlot, Union Min­is­ter of State for So­cial Jus­tice & Em­pow­er­ment Shri Vi­jay Sam­pla, Union Min­is­ter of State for So­cial Jus­tice & Em­pow­er­ment Shri Ram­das Athawale, Smt. G. Latha Kr­ishna Rao Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of So­cial Jus­tice & Em­pow­er­ment, Se­nior of­fi­cers of the Min­istry, fam­ily mem­bers of Babuji and large num­ber of fol­low­ers. Large num­ber of Cabi­net Min­is­ters, MPs and var­i­ous other high dig­ni­taries, so­cial ac­tivist and fol­low­ers of Babuji at­tended the prayer. An all re­li­gion prayer meet­ing was also or­gan­ised. The prayer for all re­li­gions was of­fered by the Gran­this, Fa­ther and Maulavies.

Shri Thaawarc­hand Gehlot In­au­gu­rates “Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Autism”

Shri Thaawarc­hand Gehlot, Min­is­ter for So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment in­au­gu­rated a “Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Autism” or­ga­nized by The Na­tional Trust for the wel­fare of Per­sons with Autism, Cere­bral Palsy, Men­tal Re­tar­da­tion and Mul­ti­ple Dis­abil­i­ties un­der Min­istry of So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment here to­day. Min­is­ters of State for So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment Shri Kr­is­han Pal Gur­jar and Shri Ram­das Athawale were also present. A Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) was ex­changed be­tween The Na­tional Trust and Ro­tary Club in the field of Autism. Three pub­li­ca­tions of The Na­tional Trust were also re­leased by Shri Thaawarc­hand Gehlot on the oc­ca­sion. Ad­dress­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Shri Thaawarc­hand Gehlot said that the per­sons af­fected by Autism face chal­lenges in many ar­eas of their lives and thus ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­ders (ASD) and rais­ing Autism aware­ness has been the fo­cus of large scale ini­tia­tives in many coun­tries. He awarded the tal­ented and cre­ative chil­dren liv­ing with Autism and wished them suc­cess in their ca­reer ahead. Min­istry of So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment reg­u­larly or­ga­nizes Camps for dis­tri­bu­tion of all types of as­sis­tive de­vices to Divyang­jans na­tion­wide. He said that the Na­tional Trust has launched 10 schemes in Novem­ber, 2015 for the em­pow­er­ment and wel­fare of the Divyang­jans. He hoped that the Con­fer­ence will pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about lat­est de­vel­op­ments in ed­u­ca­tion / skilling and in­clu­sive liv­ing of per­sons with autism, apart from de­lib­er­a­tions on lat­est re­search on med­i­cal as­pects. It will also be an ex­cel­lent fo­rum to meet var­i­ous par­ents, ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als to in­ter­act on the best prac­tices. Shri Ram­das Athawale in his ad­dress dwelt upon many schemes for the wel­fare of Divyang­jans ini­ti­ated by the Govern­ment in past two years. He

praised the ef­forts of The Na­tional Trust. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Shri Kr­is­han Pal Gur­jar opined that in the “Rights of Per­sons With Dis­abil­i­ties (RPWD) Bill passed by Par­lia­ment in De­cem­ber, 2016, the Dis­abil­ity has been de­fined based on an evolv­ing and dy­namic con­cept and the types of dis­abil­i­ties have been in­creased from ex­ist­ing 7 to 21. Autism is a spec­trum of com­plex neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders that af­fect in­di­vid­u­als in the ar­eas of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Sev­eral genes, in com­bi­na­tion with en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, may con­trib­ute to Autism. In In­dia, 1 out of 89 chil­dren born are said to be liv­ing with Autism. It’s symp­toms in­clude: Poor eye con­tact, De­creased so­cial re­sponse; re­sponses to their name, look­ing peo­ple, so­cial smiles, Repet­i­tive be­hav­iors, Lack of ex­pected lan­guage and so­cial devel­op­ment, De­creased non­ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ges­tures. Autism is a life­long dis­or­der, There is cur­rently no cure for autism, Early in­ter­ven­tion may im­prove qual­ity of life in these chil­dren. In ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia and Right of Per­sons with Dis­abil­ity Bill 2014, Sev­eral Govern­ment schemes and pro­grammes can be availed by a per­son with autism, Manda­tory to have dis­abil­ity cer­tifi­cate to avail ben­e­fits like travel con­ces­sions, health in­surance, res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties, schol­ar­ships and fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for self-em­ployed. The Na­tional Con­fer­ence, which is or­ga­nized dur­ing the World Autism Aware­ness month, is a part of the 3 days train­ing pro­gramme on Autism be­ing or­ga­nized by the Na­tional Trust in col­lab­o­ra­tion with AIIMS, Delhi to train doc­tors on use of INCLEN and ISSA tools for is­suance of Dis­abil­ity Cer­tifi­cate to per­sons with Autism. In 2007, the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly de­clared 2nd April as World Autism Aware­ness Day (WAAD) and since 2008, 2nd April is be­ing ob­served across the World as World Autism Aware­ness Day to in­crease aware­ness about Autism among gen­eral masses world­wide. Em­i­nent ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als in Autism are tak­ing part in the day­long con­fer­ence which in­cludes panel dis­cus­sions on key is­sues re­lated to per­sons with Autism like – Early de­tec­tion and In­ter­ven­tion / In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion and Col­lege Ed­u­ca­tion, Skilling and Em­ploy­ment and Sup­ported and In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing.

3052 Aids and As­sisted Liv­ing De­vices Dis­trib­uted to 1843 Se­nior Cit­i­zens on the Launch of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yo­jana by Union Min­is­ter, Sh. M. Venka­iah Naidu In Nel­lore, A.P.

Shri M. Venka­iah Naidu, Union Min­is­ter of Ur­ban Devel­op­ment, Hous­ing and Ur­ban Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing, in pres­ence of Shri Thaawarc­hand Gehlot, Min­is­ter for So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment dis­trib­uted 3052 Aids and As­sisted Liv­ing De­vices dis­trib­uted to 1843 Se­nior Cit­i­zens dur­ing Na­tional Launch of “RASHTRIYA VAYOSHRI YO­JANA” of Min­istry of So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment at Swarna Bharat Trust, Nel­lore, Andhra Pradesh here to­day. The de­vices will help the Se­nior Cit­i­zens to over­come their age re­lated phys­i­cal im­pair­ment and to lead a dig­ni­fied and pro­duc­tive life with min­i­mal de­pen­dence on care givers or other mem­bers of the fam­ily. The am­bi­tious Scheme, first of its kind in the coun­try is ex­pected to ben­e­fit 5,20,000 Se­nior Cit­i­zens over a pe­riod of the 3 years. As per the Cen­sus fig­ures of 2011, the pop­u­la­tion of se­nior cit­i­zens in In­dia is 10.38 crore. More than 70% of the pop­u­la­tion of se­nior cit­i­zens live in rural ar­eas of the coun­try. A size­able per­cent­age (5.2%) of the se­nior cit­i­zens suf­fers from some sort of dis­abil­i­ties re­lated to old age. Pro­jec­tions in­di­cate that the num­ber of el­derly pop­u­la­tion will in­crease to around 173 mil­lion by 2026. The pro­posal for for­mu­la­tion of a Scheme for pro­vid­ing Phys­i­cal Aids and As­sisted-Liv­ing De­vices for Se­nior Cit­i­zens be­long­ing to BPL Cat­e­gory was an­nounced in the Bud­get 2015-16. Pur­suant to this, the “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yo­jana” has been for­mu­lated. The Scheme aims at pro­vid­ing Se­nior Cit­i­zens, be­long­ing to BPL cat­e­gory and suf­fer­ing from any of the age re­lated dis­abil­ity/in­fir­mity viz. Low vi­sion, Hear­ing im­pair­ment, Loss of teeth and Lo­co­mo­tor dis­abil­ity, with such as­sisted-liv­ing de­vices which can re­store near nor­malcy in their bod­ily func­tions, over­com­ing the dis­abil­ity/ in­fir­mity man­i­fested. The as­sis­tive de­vices shall be of high qual­ity and con­form­ing to the stan­dards laid down by the Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards, wher­ever ap­pli­ca­ble.

Thaawarc­hand Gehlot, Min­is­ter So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment

M. Venka­iah Naidu, Union Min­is­ter of Ur­ban Devel­op­ment, Hous­ing and Ur­ban Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing

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