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ICT Can Help Government Empower PwDs and Lead to their Inclusion - Says Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

ICT Can Help Government Empower PwDs and Lead to their Inclusion – Says Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla and other dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the UNESCO International Conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities”, in New Delhi on November 24, 2014.

The UNESCO’s International Conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities” was held here today. The inaugural session was addressed by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

The following is the text of the speech by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot at the Conference: “My Government is focusing on a seven point agenda relating to the disability sector. These include enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill to fulfil our international obligation post ratification of the UNCRPD; using technology to deliver low-cost, home-based education through e-learning; issue of Universal ID to each and every person with disability for availing government benefits; developing income generations models to ensure economic independence; ensuring access to public facilities, public buildings and transport; aid and support to voluntary organizations; and tax relief to the family members taking care of persons with disabilities.

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