GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of India PK Pincha today regretted the non-implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act in the true spirit in the State.
It needs to be mentioned here that Pincha is the first person with a disability to be appointed as the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, purely on merit. He was felicitated today by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), North Eastern Regional Office at a function held here at the Vivekananda Kendra auditorium here.
“The purpose which brings me to Assam steps from a legitimate and strong concern over the poor implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act here,” said Pincha adding that it was very important now to generate awareness on the Act.
Mentioning that he was touched and overwhelmed by the cordiality and remarkable affection bestowed on him, Pincha said that it was a happy moment for all disabled that the government of India has recognized the inherent merit, potential and commitment of the disabled in discharging responsibility.
“My appointment as Chief Commissioner has humbled me. I feel very small, to tell the truth at times I feel a little nervous because with my appointment the expectations of the disabled have skyrocketed. I am acutely aware of the limitation of the system and so it is a challenge for me to deliver,” Pincha expressed his thoughts candidly calling upon the disabled not to be inhibited or deterred by the challenges thrown by life. Citing instances from his own life, Pincha said that one has to learn everyday from life and he rebelled against the stereotype perception that society held towards the disabled.
Pincha also launched the NFB-SSA (Assam) collaboration programme on 'Computer and Braille Literacy for Visually-Challenged Children'.
The NFB presented scholarship cheques amounting to Rs 6000, Rs 5000 and Rs 3150 to nine visually-challenged students pursuing higher studies. Talking Book in digital audio format for the visually challenged students was also released on the occasion. The organization also presented talking book and CD player to the visually challenged students.