D.N.I.S. News Network, India: In what is a major step forward in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the development projects of the country, disabled persons and/or experts representing them have been inducted in many of the Steering Committees formed by the Planning Commission for the 12th Five-Year Plan.
Apart from the Steering Committee on ‘Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Social Welfare Groups’, which specifically deals with disability related issues, as many as 11 Steering Committees have invited people from the disability sector to be a part of the planning process. This is a highly positive development in treating disability as a cross-cutting issue, instead of an isolated one.
The experts or persons with disabilities who are members of various Steering Committees include:
The Steering Committee on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Social Welfare Groups includes Javed Abidi of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.), A. S. Narayanan from National Association of Deaf (N.A.D.) and G. Syamala from A.A.D.I., among others as representatives from the disability sector.