Call to empower disabled

Shillong: Meghalaya social welfare minister Kyrmen Shylla on Thursday said over 80 per cent of 44,317 disabled people were living in rural areas and there was a need to rehabilitate and empower them.Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on Strategic Plan for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities here, he said a strategic plan would help mobilise support for disabled people in the Northeast and thereby creating an inclusive society.
Additional chief secretary Hector Marwein said the unique disability identity card (UDID) was yet to be issued to disabled persons in the state and requested the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment to expedite the process.

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