Margao: December 5, 2017 … The International Day of Persons with Disabilities organised by Department of Social Welfare in association with Sangath and Colorcon Asia Pvt. Ltd. Verna was celebrated at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Social Welfare, Shri Pandurang Madkaikar said that every citizen should always think about the person with disabilities and all should work hand in hand for the betterment of this category. There are more than 33,000 persons with disabilities in the State and it is a challenge to the Government and NGO’s to cater them he pointed and added that Goa is only the second State in India to implement Rights of Person with Disabilities Act. This is a ray of hope he said.
He said, this Disability Act has many provisions which will go a long way to address the difficulties faced by disabled persons. Special Deputy Director will be nominated in Department of Social welfare to cater persons with disabilities so also Commission will be strengthened. Every citizen has to see persons with disabilities as a source of talent he remarked.
Earlier, Minister, for Social Welfare, Shri Pandurang Madkaikar inaugurated the gathering by lighting the traditional lamp in the presence of Director, Social Welfare, Shri S V Naik; Smt Anuradha Joshi, Commissioner, State Commission for Disabilities Right; Shri Rajesh Parab, General Manager, Colourcon Asia Pvt Ltd, Verna; Shri George Abraham, Chairman, World Blind Cricket Council, Association for Cricket for the Blind in India and founder of the SCORE Foundation, New Delhi; Shri Prashant Naik, Chairman, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao and Smt Percy Cardozo.
Smt Maya Kamat, Shri Kirit Maganlal, Shri Chetan Lakhani, Shri Kevin Miranda, Shri Samir Vadkal and Shri Blaze Costabir all who have been tirelessly working all this years for the betterment of people with disabilities were felicitated on the occasion.
Shri George Abraham, Shri Rajesh Parab and Smt Anuradha Joshi also spoke on the occasion.