DDAM observes 14th Foundation Day with community service

DDAM observes 14th Foundation Day with community service

Social Welfare Minister unfit, says association

TMB Report

Imphal: The Disabled Development Association Manipur (DDAM) on Tuesday observed its 14th Foundation Day with community service by conducting cleanliness drive at the surrounding area of Practice Ground in Oinam Sawombung and spraying disinfectant to the Petai (Yongchak) trees planted on World Environment Day.

In connection with the foundation day, DDAM has placed their achievements and grievances in front of the people of the state, stated General Secretary Md. Yunus Khan in a press release.

The release stated that DDAM affiliating to Indian Cricket Federation for the Disabled (India) has been participating in the East Zone Cricket Tournament, Residential Coaching Camp, National Tournament and even organising the same. For India, the Disabled Cricket has three categories, which are Association, Federation and Cricket Board, but, luckily all the three has joined together has become only one and recognizing the hard work of Disabled people of the State, they newly affiliated DDAM among them.

As a major awareness on the theme “Eikhoisu Meeoibani, Punna Hingminnaba Change”, a Friendly Cricket Match was played between Players of Manipur Film Star and DDAM, two times, the release stated.

The release further stated that with so many facilities lacking for the disabled people of the State, DDAM has organised many sit-in protests, rallies and even submitted countless numbers of memorandum to the time to time government with many grievances.

Nowadays, many departments have begun to recognise the Disabled people and their facilities have began to pour in, which is one of their achievements. But a separate Directorate only for the Disabled person has been ignored till date despite urging numerous times to the present State Government, the release stated.

The release also stated that during this Covid-19 crisis in the State, the criterion given in the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for the Disabled person has not been put into work.

DDAM has extended help at their level best for the Disabled people residing at different districts of the State, but the Government has been neglecting the people with disabilities with low vision, the release stated.

The release further stated that the Social Welfare Minister, who is taking the major role only in her speech is not worthy to hold her Social Welfare Minister, as she as a Minister has failed to discussed on what proper initiatives and measures can be taken up at this crisis hour for the Disabled people by going through the Right to Person with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Meanwhile, DDAM has taken part at a National Level online Seminar of All India on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) in New Normal Policies and Local Level Interventions on Monday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

As no criteria of Disabled under National Disaster Management have not been witnessed in our state, are we going to call the present government fit and worthy for Disabled people? Yunus questioned and maintained that DDAM is and will stand and hoped that people of the state will continue to support for the Disabled people, the release stated.

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