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Persons with disabilities are valuable human resource: India

Stating that persons with disabilities are a valuable human resource, India told a UN meet that it was committed to ensure that they not only enjoy their rights, but also are provided opportunities to lead their life to their fullest potential.

world Updated: Sep 03, 2009 15:01 IST

Stating that persons with disabilities are a valuable human resource, India on Thursday told a UN meet that it was committed to ensure that they not only enjoy their rights, but also are provided opportunities to lead their life to their fullest potential.

"We will continue our commitment to ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy their rights as well as are provided with appropriate opportunities to lead their life to their fullest potential," said Sangita Gairola, the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, at the conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN General Assembly.

The unified National Policy for Persons with Disabilities developed in 2006, she said, recognises that such persons are valuable human resource for the country and seeks to create an environment that provides them equal opportunities, protection of their rights and full participation in society.

It comprehensively spelt out the goals towards full acknowledgement and exercise of all human rights of persons with disabilities as well as promotion of a broad commitment to accessibility, autonomy and equality of opportunity in different spheres of activities, Gairola said.

"Needless to say, this policy was created due to our strong belief that persons with disabilities can lead a better quality of life if they have equal opportunities and effective access to rehabilitation measures," she said.