Farooq Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, addressed the webinar organized by the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities. Speaking as the Chief Guest at the event, Advisor Khan noted that every conscious citizen of the country must strive to make things convenient and accessible for the disabled.
Sheetal Nanda, Secretary, Social Welfare, attended the webinar as the guest of honor. Other special invitees included Anjali Bhawra, Secretary, DEPwD & Chairperson, National Trust and DDG, DEPwD, Kishore Baburao Surwade.
District Magistrates, Chief Education Officers, Superintendents of Police, District Social Welfare Officers, and Chief Medical Officers of districts in J&K and Ladakh as well as various other Government Officials from the region also present at the meeting.
The Advisor also remarked that the inclusion of J&K and Ladakh in the National Trust’s purview is a step in the positive direction. And that this initiative will pave the way for an inclusive society, immensely benefitting people with disabilities, helping them live a life of dignity and independence.
This webinar was also used as a means to shed light upon the various schemes offered by the National Trust for the welfare and safety of persons with disabilities. These schemes include ‘Niramaya’, an affordable health insurance scheme, ‘Gharaunda’, a lifelong care and shelter scheme, ‘Gyan Prabha’ for education, ‘Uddyam Prabha’ for employment, and ‘Abiline’, a counseling helpline that provides relevant information on various disabilities.