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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 03.12.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities on the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons today (December 3, 2013) at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Indian Constitution stipulates the State to ensure equality, freedom, justice and dignity of all individuals which implies an inclusive society for all, including the Persons with Disabilities. He said that we are committed to the full empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. He stated that specific schemes, programmes and facilities must be formulated particularly for the empowerment of children, women and senior citizens with disabilities as they need special consideration. This is necessary in order to bring them into the mainstream of society and improve the quality of their lives.

The President said that education can equip the differently- abled to be strong enough to face the world. Children with disabilities should get adequate opportunities to pursue their education which can enable them to get gainful employment in future for leading a life of dignity and respect. It is imperative to have websites in accessible format for reaching information to the differently abled. He said that ensuring the provision of accessible information and disabled friendly technology will enhance the opportunities for progress of persons with disabilities.

This release issued at 1935 hrs