The Social Welfare Department is gearing to issue identity cards to the differently abled in Jharkhand.The IDs are expected to be handed over to them in September.
The move comes after the Department led by its Principal Secretary Mridula Sinha conducted a study highlighting the requirement of the same last year.Earlier,the law enacted by the government of India -Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act,1995 –was meant to benefit the differently abled.
Even the government which had signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,was learnt to be in the process of introducing comprehensive amendments to the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995.”The underlying aim was to make it more inclusive and keep the values of international conventions,”said a senior officer.
Ram Sharma (35), a differently abled resident of Harmu Housing Colony in Ranchi,who was in tears when he was informed about the initiative of the Department,is sure to benefit from the scheme.”In the absence of the ID,I could not avail of the schemes of the government.Now I see chances that I will have no problem.”
Rahul Singh,another differently abled man,thanked the department for its ID scheme.”I am happy because many persons like me will gain milege as the ID will give us a sense of identity,”he said.
Singh and Sharma appealed to the Deprtment that it should ensure that such I-Cards land in the hands of genuine people and are not misused.