disable-story2It is an important day for the 70 million people with disabilities in India as well as so many more all over the world. We are talking about the International Day for Persons with Disabilities that began in Navi Mumbai with a health check up camp at Dr. D Y Patil Hospital at Nerul. This week is being celebrated as World Disability Day by Aarushi, a federation of organization working in the field of disabilities in Navi Mumbai and Raigad district. The federation along with D Y Patil hospital, Nerul is holding a week long health check up camp at the hospital premises where persons with disabilities can avail free treatment and medicines. The week celebration kicked off with the inauguration ceremony at D Y Patil hospital where Puspalata Tai Patil was present as the chief guest. We also spoke with a member of Aarushi, Bharati Palkar about the various events that are being held for World Disability Day. Also present was local corporator Saluja Sutar who spoke on the various schemes brought in NMMC to aid persons with disabilities. But what made the inauguration ceremony heart-warming were the sweet special children who were not just present as the audience but also participated in the cultural program. It was indeed the day for the persons with disabilities who thoroughly enjoyed the event and were also given gifts at the hands of the chief guest. It is to be noted that some progress has been made in the area of disability in India in the last few years especially in the last 1 year. India ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and also the XIth Five year plan has included Disability for the first time in the History of India. However, unfortunately, talking about it and implementing it are two completely different things. No steps have been taken by the Government of India to implement these plans and even the basic rights of education, employment and access are not available to people with disability. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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