Bhubaneswar, August 16 (LocalWire): The Chief Minister today approved the appointment of Sulochana Das as the chairperson of the State Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
The journalist-turned-politician Das, in an interview with LocalWire, listed out her priorities to empower the physically challenged persons.
LW: You are in active politics. But SCPD is an apolitical body, run by the government. How will you handle it?
SD: Politics is a means to serve the people. The chief minister has entrusted me with a responsibility to serve the Dibyangs and assuage their grievances.
I will perform my new role in a non-partisan way and to the best of my abilities.
As the constitution mandates equality of status and opportunity to Dibyangs, the commission will do its best to fulfill the constitutional provisions.
LW: What will be your area of focus and what challenges do you foresee?
SD: Empowering the Divyangs though SPCD will be my area of focus.
I will like to ensure that these people are not deprived of social security schemes and facilities extended to them.
LW: There are reports of Dibyangs getting harassed in getting a medical certificate from the medical board that is an important document to prove eligibility for government benefits.
SD: There may be bottlenecks in the system, but that could be sorted out with proper coordination with government agencies, including the chief district medical officers.
LW: The commission has put in place facility for online registration of complaints.
However, because of lack of awareness, the disabled persons still need to visit the commission office to register their complaints.
How do you plan to address this?
SD: I will try to sensitize the Divyangs through awareness campaigns from time to time. The services of civil society groups would come in handy for sensitising them.