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Empowering persons with disabilities will lead to sustainability

 Person with disabilities are employed under  the national MNREGA
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Person with disabilities are employed under the national MNREGA

Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) brought positive change in the lives of persons with disabilities and people around them in Ajmer District of Rajasthan.

CBM India in collaboration with partners initiated a project to empower persons with disabilities in Ajmer district of Rajasthan in year 2013. Information about government schemes was shared and DPO members were trained to access their rightful benefits. Very soon, DPO’s members started registering themselves under various government schemes (for example medical certificate, Smart card, Asthma card, Railway pass, pension).Participation in these workshops and trainings made them realise the need to be financially strong and independent for the sustainability and continuity of their activities. DPO members began saving Rs 100 per month per member. Currently, there are more than 600 members in various DPOs. Adjacent districts also now want to start a similar initiative in their areas.

Below are some interesting, successful efforts of DPOs.

MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act)

DPOs members in a few villages were frustrated as they were not included for jobs under the National MNREGA scheme.  After CBM’s training on MNREGA, they went to the Block Development Officer (BDO) and demanded their right to work. Immediately 15 persons with disabilities were provided work in MNREGA.. Directions were given to all Local Panchayat representatives to pay serious attention to Persons with Disability requests for work.   

Livelihood

After the training on financial inclusion DPOs members applied for vocational training and loans. When no response came from the government, they visited the Block development officers in their blocks several times. Their continued requests resulted finally in the approval of individual loans up to Rs 500,000 and group loan of Rs 1000,000. In 2015, this will be further increased to Rs5000,000. 

Education

In Alipura village of Peesangan block, there are four hearing and speech impaired young girls in a family who were not admitted to school. The issue was discussed with the Sarpanch (elected head of Local self-body) of the village and when she did not respond the DPO leader went to the BDO’s office. He found out that no teachers were available, so the girls were given hostel facilities to enable them to attend school in Ajmer.

Pension (Social Security) and Reverse Inclusion

DPO members have also helped the other vulnerable people in the community like widows and aged to get their pension. More than 70 widows received their pension. 

Environment, Employment and Skill Training

In the Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) it was found that most of the group members were unemployed. Considering environmental issues, the DPO members planned to reduce plastic bag usage in their village. They organized training for making paper bags of different sizes from old newspapers. 20 persons with disabilities are now self-employed in this and earn Rs. 50 to 100 per day. They sell these bags within their village and protect their environment in addition to earning their daily bread.

Political Inclusion

DPO members were taught about functioning of Panchayats (Local self-bodies) In the recent panchayat elections Ram Karan from Nagelav and Sidique ji from Alipura were elected as ward panch. These persons with disabilities are working for the village development and aim to try for higher posts in the future

DPOs effort in re-opening of Anganwadi (Early childhood school) Hanuwantpura, Batsuri

Both people with disabilities and women from inclusive SHG’s made an effort to reopen the Anganwadi in Hanuwantpura, (Gram Panchayat Batsuri, block Peesangan). The Anganwadi of Hanuwantpura used to remain closed except on immunisation days. Children between 0-6 years of age used to stay at home. The DPO members and Inclusive SHG members wrote a complaint letter to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Women and Child Development department. The District Administration took action and directed the staff of the Anganwadi to ensure it was open regularly to provide the services of the Integrated Child development schemes.
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