President of India Pranab Mukherjee today said that employment is a vital factor in economic empowerment of persons with disabilities.
“Vacancies have been reserved for such applicants in Government Ministries and establishments. Government’s National Action Plan for Skill Development will cover 25 lakh persons with disabilities by 2022 to enhance their employability. I would encourage both the public as well as private sectors to be active partners in this endeavour.”
President was presenting the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) in New Delhi today on the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons.
He stressed the importance of inclusive education for children with special needs. Much more needs to be done.
“I am glad that Government of India provides scholarships, creates effective teaching-learning conditions, designs study material in appropriate formats and facilitates access to relevant educational technology. I am glad that equal focus is being accorded to training of teachers and updating of their methods to make them more effective.”
Here are some excerpts of President’s speech
It is indeed a pleasure for me to present amidst you on this occasion which is recognized as the International Day of Disabilities.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
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