Imphal: With the lockdown and curfew being imposed in the state to contain Covid-19 pandemic, the lives of many people have been impacted in almost every aspect, especially the differently-abled persons.
However, during this tough and sensitive time many differently-abled persons who have disabled certificates were left out from the Care Giver benefits which comes under the “Chief Minister Sotharabagi Tengbang” scheme and many were found not having the disabled certificates, and this has lead to live a life of struggle to meet their daily needs like those of abled persons, said the president, SPDPO, Manipur Md. Yunus Khan.
Yunus further said that such facilities which are not being made available to the differently-abled persons showed that District Social Welfare Officers of each district are lacking in proper awareness.
Yunus was making the statement while distributing relief materials and essential commodities to the differently-abled persons residing at Thoubal Khunou under Wangkhem A/C in Thoubal District by SPDPO and DDAM, on Sunday.
Yunus said that intervention from the State Government and authority concerned is required at the earliest or else the benefits for the differently-abled persons will remain just for the namesake and voices of grievances by these differently-abled persons.
“We have received information that many who are working in the field for disabled persons have remained silent after taking funds from the Ministry and some schools opened for disabled persons does not have any disabled students.
Such unfortunate activities working for their own benefits in the name of disabled persons have lead to the suspicions of establishment of undefined NGO’s party in the state.
SPDPO and DDAM will soon form a team to investigate and find out the ground reality at the earliest and let inform the Ministry through letter and their funds will be made to be put on hold” said Yunus.
Yunus appealed those who are working for the welfare of the differently-abled persons not to take disabled persons as business like products instead to work together for the welfare, for their better future and urge the department concern to submit the true and legitimate report of the differently-abled persons.
Yunus also said that since April 20, 2020, State Platform of Disabled Peoples Organisation Manipur ( SPDPO), and the Disabled Development Association Manipur (DDAM) have been extending help by distributing relief materials and essential commodities to the vulnerable differently-abled persons who are struggling to meet their daily essential needs due to the very Cvvid-19 lockdown and curfew imposed in the state.
The relief materials included rice, potatoes, pulses/dal, salt, onions, cooking oil, turmeric powder, pepper, bori, body soap, surf/cloths washing powder, sugar and tea leaves, etc., he added.
Yunus further said that distribution of relief materials and essential commodities will be continued after taking note of the lockdown and curfew relaxation and other initiatives that will be taken up by State Government.
They are also planning to extend help to differently-abled persons who are living in Noney, Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Pherzawl Districts, he added.