D.N.I.S. News Network, India: N.C.P.E.D.P. in collaboration with the British High Commission is setting up 4 Zonal Committees under its project ‘Mainstreaming of Disability in the National Agenda - Policy to Practice.’ These Committees would focus on disseminating information within the disability sector at the Zonal level and work towards bringing about policy initiatives in line with U.N.C.R.P.D. and the XIth Five Year Plan. The Committees would act as watchdogs and ensure that their work gains visibility.
The Committees are in the process of being formed. However, Convenors for each zone have been chosen. The East Zone which also includes the North East has Shampa Sengupta, Director, Sruti Disability Centre, as the Convenor. This Zone will also have a Co - Convenor to look at the N.E. region.
Ketan Kothari of Sightsavers, Mumbai; Shivani Gupta, Director, AccessAbility, Delhi and C. Mahesh, Advocacy Co-ordinator, C.B.R. Forum, Bangalore will be the Convenors for West, North and South Zone respectively. Each Committee will have 25 members and zonal seminars would be held every 2 years.