New Delhi, Sept 26 (Agency) Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) Ahmedabad, have joined hands to empower 3000 Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The EDII in collaboration with the DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, organised a Roundtable Meet for Corporates to ‘Support, Activate and Build Assured Livelihoods (SABAL) for Persons with Disabilities under CSR Actions’, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment said in a communique. The ‘Meet’ took up the agenda of sensitising society at large and instituting interventions and measures that ensure establishment of 3000 new enterprises by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), including 1500 technology driven and 1500 general enterprises, the statement said.
Secretary, DEPwD, Rajesh Aggarwal said that India has reached the moon but there are many challenges that persons with disabilities are facing today. “In India, our attitudes are inclusive but infrastructures are yet to be inclusive,” he said. He stressed upon the attitudinal changes of the society at large towards Divyangjan. Kishor B. Surwade,Deputy Director General DEPwD spoke about various initiatives and schemes of the Department including National Action Plan for Skill Development of Pwds, Assistive devices, Scholarship to Divyangjan and rehabilitation services . A discussion session was held between the officials and corporate leaders, on several topics, included accessibility, aids and assistive devices, AI for PwDs, Job mapping, entrepreneurship opportunities and disability sensitization, it added.