Shillong: The Khasi Disabilities Association (KDA) said that the State Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has assured implementation of the Meghalaya Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.
Informing this, Michael Thongni, general secretary of the KDA said that they have also impressed upon the Chief Minister on the 4 percent reservation for the people with disability in Government offices.
“Once this Act is implemented, the reservation of 4 percent for the people with disability in Government offices will automatically be implemented,” he said adding that they have also suggested to the CM to appoint at least three or four people with disabilities in the different branches of the various Government offices which will also solve this reservation for the differently abled people.
“The CM told us that he will examine the matter thoroughly and see what can be done,” he said adding that they hope that the new government takes the initiative and implements the Act at the earliest.
Meanwhile Starwin Kharjana, president of the KDA, said that they have also requested the CM to release the Chief Minister Special Assistance scheme that has been delayed from April 2017 till date.
He informed that through this special assistance scheme an amount of Rs 500 per person is given to the person with disabilities that amounts to great help to them; but the non-release of this scheme fund for over a year now has greatly affected them financially.
“The CM has assured us that the scheme fun will be released and we hope that the MDA Government under Conrad K Sagma will do the best to address the issues face by the differently abled people,” he said while informing that there are more than 44, 000 differently abled people in the state.