Special Service and Features03-December, 2013 16:57 IST
Celebrating Life against All odds

Speech by Minister (Sj&E) at the Presentation of National Awards for the empowerment of Persons With Disabilities, 2013

 

              FEATURE

SJE


The ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities” is a very special day as on this day the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment presents National Awards for the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.  It is also an occasion when the Ministry reaffirms its commitment to build an inclusive society and rededicate itself to this cause.

The theme selected by the United Nations for this day is: Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all as Persons with disabilities face barriers in participation in all aspects of society, which are not just physical but also attitudinal, communicational, cultural, economic, environmental, institutional, political, religious, social or structural barriers which hamper their full and effective participation.

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability and face barriers which exclude them from participating as equal members of society. They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources, services and also have a higher mortality rate.

Realizing the severity of the issue, in 2006 the international community through United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to change attitudes and approaches to disability so as to ensure full equality and participation of persons with disabilities in society. Towards this end, the General Assembly convened the High Level Meeting on Development and Disability at the level of Heads of State and Government, on 23 September 2013, with the theme: “The Way Forward: a Disability Inclusive Development Agenda Towards 2015 and Beyond”. The High Level Meeting was attended by several national representatives. This meeting drew up an Outcome Document which is action-oriented  and provides policy guidance to  translate international commitment for a disability-inclusive society into concrete actions and strengthen global efforts to ensure accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and  development.

The celebration of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability and accessibility, as a cross cutting development issue and further our efforts to promote accessibility and remove all types of barriers; to realize our goal of full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society.

This year 43 National Awards are being given under fourteen broad categories. These awards have been instituted with the objective to focus public attention on issues concerning persons with disabilities and to promote their mainstreaming in the society.

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

BLINDNESS (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

Shri Sanjay Harihar Gaonkar

Manisha Nagar, Kalwa,

Thane Digha,

Navi Mumbai

Maharashtra-400706

 

Born on 16th February 1973, Shri Sanjay Harihar Gaonkar is a State level Gold Medalist sportsperson and a Mechanical Engineer by profession. Due to a rare disease, he lost his eyes. He is running his own industry in fabrication work, with 40 to 50 employees, at Mumbai. The turnover of his firm is about Rs. 8 crores in the last 9 years. He received the State Handicapped Self-Employed Award in 2009, and was declared the Outstanding Self- Employed Blind Entrepreneur by National Association for Blind in 2012.

 

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

BLINDNESS(Female)

NATIONAL AWARD

Mrs. Preeti Monga

164-B, Pocket A, Mayur Vihar Phase-II

Delhi-110091

 

Born on 22nd April 1959, Mrs. Preeti Monga,  Director of Silver Linings Human Resource Solution Pvt. Ltd.  is a trauma counsellor, corporate trainer, writer, aerobics trainer and a good public speaker.  Mrs. Monga was the first Indian visually impaired person to complete the Aerobics Instructor training. Though blind from the age of six, she is now a successful entrepreneur working relentlessly for equal rights for people with special needs. She is also engaged in counseling on the benefits of healthy diet and living.  Earlier, she served in National Federation of Blind, National Association for the Blind and All India Confederation of Blind. She has won several awards for her outstanding contributions in the field of disability. She has written her autobiography called ‘The Other Senses.

 

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

LOW VISION (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Shri Maroti Babarao Ghenekar

Mangal Murati,

Bangar Nagar,

Tal & District Hingoli

Maharashtra-431513

 

Born on 5th March 1970, Shri Maroti Babarao Ghenekar with low vision is working as Physical Training Instructor in Zila Parishad High School, Kanergaon Naka, Hingoli, Maharashtra. He has done B.P.Ed and MS-CIT. Some of his students have become State level players. He is a good writer too and has authored  two books, “Halav Mann” in 2006 and “Hasya Mev Jayate” in 2011. He received Kalashree Kala Shikshak Award from Arthav Trust Dombiwali, Mumbai in 2010 for his outstanding achievements.

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

HEARING IMPAIRMENT (Male)

 NATIONAL AWARD

Shri Punit Subhash Bhardwaj

2, Sugam Enclave,

Opp. Ramada Hotel.

Prahlad Nagar,

Ahemdabad

Gujarat.

 

Born on 29th May 1979, Shri Punit Subhash Bhardwaj is presently working with Designmate (I) Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, Gujarat as a 3D Modeler for the last 7 years. He suffered from 100% hearing and speech impairment at birth. He holds a Diploma with distinction in field of Commercial Applied Art from Sheth C. N. College of Fine Art, Ahmedabad.  Despite his disability, he was an active child with a great fondness for Arts especially painting and cricket. He was a brilliant student and performed better than his non-disabled classmates. He topped his college and stood second in the State of Gujarat in Applied and Commercial Art course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

LOCOMOTOR DISABILITY (Male)

 NATIONAL AWARD

Shri Manoj Dawar

E-214, Lajpat Nagar-1

New Delhi-110024

 

Born on 17th December 1967, Shri Manoj Dawar is running his business enterprise of a salon and gym. He received training from L’Oreal Technical Training Centre in 1990. Due to an unfortunate accident, he is suffering from spinal cord injury (paraplegia). He visits Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi to undertake counseling and rehabilitation of underprivileged patients with spinal cord injury. Till now, he has helped in rehabilitating 121 patients with spinal cord injury from different regions of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

LOCOMOTOR DISABILITY (Female)

  NATIONAL AWARD

Ms. Ranjita Singh

B-38, Staff Quarters, NIRD,

Rajendranagar,

Hyderabad,

Andhra Pradesh-500030

 

Born on 24th November, 1984 with locomotor disability, Ms. Ranjita Singh obtained her MA degree in Rural Development. She is working as Project Manager in the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad. She is a very sincere, honest, hardworking and committed worker. It was due to her tireless efforts that she could help her Institute in recovering an amount of around Rs. 56 lakhs, pending at various institutes. She has published a Report on Convergence Initiative of MGNREGA in the country.

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

CEREBRAL PALSY (Male)

  NATIONAL AWARD

Mr. Ashwin Karthik S. N.

“Karthik” # 161 5th Cross

Poornapragna Layout,

Near Katriguppa Water Tank,

BSK 3rd Stage,

Bangalore,

Karnataka-560085

 

Born on 21st October 1984, Mr. Ashwin Karthik S.N. is working as a Software Engineer with Mphasis, an HP Company, Bangalore.  After completing SSLC with highest percentage ever scored by student with Cerebral Palsy, he was awarded National Scholarship for his engineering studies, which is awarded to only one physically challenged student in the entire country. He is the first quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy  student in the country to earn an engineering degree. He is the recipient of Best Physically Challenged Individual Award  by National Trust in 2010, Helen Keller Award in 2011 for being a role model employee with disability, and Positive Health Hero Award by Dr. Batras in 2013. He also received three State level Awards including Veer Savarkar Award and Young Achiever Award.        

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

CEREBRAL PALSY (Female)

  NATIONAL AWARD

Ms. Vidhina Bhatia

A-57,  Shahpura,

Near Manisha Market,

Bhopal,

Madhya Pradesh-500016

 

Born on 25th May 1982, Ms. Vidhina Bhatia is working as General Manager (Human Relations) with  SEW Infrastructures, Hyderabad.  She developed cerebral palsy with Spastic Hemiplegia soon after birth, resulting in partial functioning and limping of her right arm and leg.  Without losing heart, she worked hard and passed 12th CBSE Board exams with First Division from Bhopal.  With a strong determination to achieve, she pursued her BE (IT) from Govt. Engineering College, Bhopal alongwith normal students despite the fact that she found it difficult to handle instruments with one hand. After completing her BE, she also acquired MBA in Human Relations.

 

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYEE/SELF EMPLOYED

MENTAL RETARDATION (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Mr. Neeraj Sharma

WZ-73, Shyam Nagar,

New Delhi-10018

 

Born on 22nd September 1985, Mr. Neeraj Sharma is 50% mentally impaired. Despite his impairment, he has been able to undergo Special Education & Vocational Training in NIMH Model Special Education Centre, New Delhi.  He received training in areas such as self-help skills.  Due to his keen interest, he trained himself in book binding, stationery making and screen printing. He is a hardworking and energetic young man and has always shown interest in picking up new skills.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST EMPLOYER

Private/Non-Governmental Organization

NATIONAL AWARD

Designmate (I) Pvt. Ltd.

 Horizon, Swati Society Road,

Near Darpan circle, Navrangpura,

Ahmedabad

Gujarat-380014

               

Designmate (I) Pvt. Ltd., Gujarat has been developing and producing e-learning content for K-12 Science and Mathematics, for several national and international School Boards for the past 10 years. Nearly 60% of Designmates employees are physically challenged, with disability ranging from 60% to 90%. Designmate trains young aspirants with disabilities for 6-12 months, for familiarizing them with finer aspects of 3 D animation. All of Designmates disabled employees hold white-collar positions and earn salaries at par with their non-disabled colleagues. Designmate featured on the T.V. show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, as an example of a private company working for the welfare of people with disabilities.

 

 

BEST PLACEMENT OFFICER/AGENCY

Autonomous Government Organization/PSUs

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Shri D. R. Sharma,

Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society,

District Branch, Red Cross Bhawan,

Sector-12,

Faridabad

Haryana-121007

Born on 22nd April, 1964, Shri D. R. Sharma has been working as Secretary in the Indian Red Cross Society since 1987. During the last five years, he was instrumental in placement of more than 1100 persons with disabilities. Presently, he is devoting himself to the welfare of persons with disabilities in Faridabad by paying special attention to creating facilities for Visually Impaired girls, School for Mentally Retarded Children, Vocational Training Centres for Disabled, and many other welfare activities. In recognition to his contribution in the field of disabled, he has received several state/national level awards.

 

 

 

BEST PLACEMENT OFFICER/AGENCY

Private/Non Governmental Organization

NATIONAL AWARD

Mrs.  Anubhuti M. Bhattacharaya,

 Anubhuti HR Consultant

 D3-3071, Vasant Kunj,

 New Delhi – 110 70

 

Born on 19th July 1973, Mrs. Anubhuti Bhattacharya is the founder of India's first and only HR consultancy firm, Anubhuti Consultants, exclusively focused on conducting access audit, sensitization trainings and finding employment opportunities for people with disabilities The firm has large number of blue chip companies as client partners, such as Pepsi Co., IBM, ITC Hotels, KFC, Enact, to name a few. Anubhuti networks with all key NGOs working for people with disabilities across the country and reaches out to them with job opportunities, training inputs and advice. The firm has also helped to bring about change in perception of the corporate sector for employing the right talent who happen to be disabled. She made them realize that they are not doing charity or merely fulfilling corporate social responsibility goals, but making a right business decision in their best interests. Her firm has successfully placed a number of persons with disabilities in various companies.

BEST INDIVIDUAL

Professional

 NATIONAL AWARD

Dr. Shantha Radhakrishna

SGS Vagdevi Centre for the Rehabilitation of

Communication Impaired,

3rd C Main, 7th Cross,

Girinagar,  II Phase,

Bangalore

Karnataka-560085

 

Born on 23rd November, 1951 in Mysore in a middle class family. Dr. Shantha Radhakrishna, after completing her 12th class joined the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore. She has been working for the cause of hearing impaired for the past 40 years. Dr. Shantha has been responsible for initiating a lot of new services, teaching methodology for the hearing impaired. Her devoted services in the field has helped many hearing impaired. Her services are a beacon light for those who desire to serve society. Dr. Shantha has authored a book on Integrated Yoga Therapy which is used extensively for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Besides, she has also written articles and textbooks and has given lectures in All India Radio and Gyanvani. She has received many awards for her commendable contribution in the field of teaching for the hearing impaired.

 

BEST INDIVIDUAL

Non Professional

NATIONAL AWARD

Swami Biswanathananda

Vivekanand Mission Ashram

Vivek Nagar, P.O. Chaitanyapur (Haldiya)

PS & Block Sutahat

Distt. Purba Medinipur,

West Bengal- 721 645

 

Born on 24th May 1939, Swami Biswanathananda dedicated his life for the betterment of mankind in general and visually impaired persons in particular thus keeping the flame of hope and zest of life glowing eternally in their lives. Swami Biswanathananda started working as the General Secretary of the Vivekanada Mission Ashram in 1962. He has played a vital role in providing educational facilities to the visually impaired upto post-graduate level and also establishing centers for visually impaired boys and girls. Swamiji has received many state, national and international awards for his altruistic services. He is an epitome of sacrifice with the motto of “service above self”. In fact, Vivekananda Ashram has nurtured well under his guidance.

BEST INSTITUTION

(An organization providing holistic comprehensive services

to the persons with disabilities.)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Asha Bhavan Centre,

Kathila Banitabal,

Uluberia, Howrah

West Bengal-711316

 

Vasavi Club International

PREM” 1-1385/32,

Beside-Mutyalamma Temple, Gandhi Nagar,

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh-500080

 

This award is shared by Asha Bhavan Centre, Howrah and Vasavi Club International, Hyderabad.

 

Established in 1999 as a care centre for the children with disabilities, Asha Bhavan Centre, Howrah is now offering comprehensive integrated support and services for the persons with disabilities through Home for Children with Disabilities, Community Based Rehabilitation, Education and Training and Home for Mentally-ill Women. The organization has received awards for ‘Outstanding Institution for Dedicated Services Rendered for the Cause of Disabilities’ in 2007 from Govt. of West Bengal, and ‘Best Organization Award’ from National Trust.

 

Established in 1993 as an apex body to administer the Vasavi Clubs established with the aim of serving persons with disabilities, Vasavi Club International, Hyderabad Association has taken up various welfare activities for persons with disabilities and is providing them support and services like early detection and medical assessments programmes, referral services, educational services, specialized appliances support, vocational/technical education support and employment assistance.

                                          

 

BEST INSTITUTION

 (An organization promoting inclusive education to the children/persons with disabilities)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

 National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research

Sector 26,

Chandigarh

 

Established in 1967, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, Chandigarh, an autonomous institute under Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, has been coordinating and monitoring the scheme of integrating the persons with disabilities in the mainstream of technical and vocational education. The institute has been instrumental in admitting 2575 students with disabilities in formal programmes and 8716 in non-formal programmes under their project in eight States and one Union Territory. The institute has organized 11 Job Fairs for the persons with disabilities since April 2010 in which 234 persons with disabilities were selected by different companies. The institute has prepared instructional material in the form of 11 video films and two books on disability.

 

 

ROLE MODEL

BLINDNESS/ LOW VISION (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Shri Rajdeep Manwani

Shri Durga Kunj

No.149 Laxmi Road 8th Cross

Shanti Nagar

Bangalore

Karnataka-560027

 

          Born on 13th November 1972, Shri Rajdeep Manwani has 100 % visual impairment since the age of thirteen. He is a M.Com and a Gold Medalist from Mysore University. He completed Ph.D from Golden State University, University of British Virginia. An exceptionally brilliant student whose academic life could have been disrupted by loss of vision; Rajdeep not only conquered blindness through his stupendous academic success, but is now a torch-bearer and role model for students, academicians, professionals and corporate leaders through effective and customized training programmes, workshops and lectures.

 

 

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

BLINDNESS/ LOW VISION (Female)

NATIONAL AWARD

Ms. Nupur Jain

1910, Sobha Mayflower,

Ballenddur Village,

Bangalore,

Karnataka-560103

 

          Born on 28th June 1983, Ms. Nupur Jain has 100% visual impairment since the age of nine. Ms. Jain has completed post graduation in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has been conducting trainings on Diversity Orientation and Managing Role Transition at Wipro. She was Group Leader in Adventure Course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in 2001. In view of her devoted contributions in the social field, she was honoured with NCPEDP Shell-Helen Keller Award in 2009 and Best Physically Challenged Woman Award in 2011 by Foundation of Art & Culture for Deaf.

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

LEPROSY CURED (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

Shri Suresh Ramakrushna Dhodnge

The Leprosy Mission Trust India,

Kothara Community Hospital

PO Paratwada,

Dist. Amravati

Maharashtra-444805

 

          Shri Suresh Ramakrushna Dhodnge was born on 14th November 1979. He was diagnosed with leprosy in 1998. Despite being affected by leprosy, he completed his intermediate, post graduation and MBA while working part-time at VTC, Nashik. After his success as Placement Officer in VTC Nashik, he was given the responsibility to train Placement Officers of other VTCs. His academic achievements, as well as his journey from leprosy cured with deformity to Placement Officer has inspired many leprosy affected individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

HEARING IMPAIRMENT (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Shri Dilip Kumar Bhattacharyya

48, Bediadanga 2nd Lane,

New Ballygunge

Kolkata

West Bengal-700039

 

Shri Dilip Kumar Bhattacharyya was born on 4th May 1961 with 100% hearing and speech impairement. He completed Diploma in Mime from Jogesh Mime Academy in 1990. He is working as a Mime Teacher at the Academy since 2008. He has performed more than a hundred stage shows in India and abroad. He received the first prize solo and group programme from All India Cultural Festival of the Deaf (Mumbai) Mime programme in 2009 and Role Model Award from West Bengal Government as a Mime Artist in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

HEARING IMPAIRMENT (Female)

NATIONAL AWARD

Ms. Vujjini Janaki

HNo. 16-11-16/165

Sripuramcolony, Moosarambagh

Malakpet

Hyderabad,

Andhra Pradesh

 

Ms. Vujjini Janaki was born on 4th March 1980 with 100 % hearing impairment. She worked as a programme volunteer in Nirmaya Women Trust and formed 80 Self-Help Groups of Women with Disabilities at Thipparty and other six mandals of Nalgonda District. The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh sponsored her to participate in the International CBR Congress at Bangkok. She received Helen Keller National Award, 2007 and Lifetime Achievement Award of LANCO Foundation in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

HEARING IMPAIRMENT (Female)

ADDITIONAL NATIONAL AWARD

 

Ms. Vanitha Balasubramanian

B 404 Surya Kiran,

Sector V, Plot 12 & 13

Ghansoli,

Navi Mumbai

Maharashtra-400701

 

          Born on 2nd November 1988, Ms. Vanitha Balasubramanian has 90-95% hearing impairment. Though she has bilateral hearing impairment, she is a lip reader and completed her schooling & college in normal institutions. She studied on a merit scholarship with financial assistance from Alexander Graham Bell Association, USA. She acted in an award winning film “Malli” directed by Shri Santosh Sivan. She also worked as a child model for BPL, TVS and other consumer products.

 

 

ROLE MODEL

LOCOMOTOR DISABILITY/ CEREBRAL PALSY (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Prof. Ajit Kumar Gorakhanath Patil

2, Shanta Ashish ‘C’, Irla Lane,

Vile Parle (West),

Mumbai

Maharashtra- 400056

 

          Born on 19th March 1958, Prof. Ajit Kumar Gorakhanath Patil is a locomotor disabled person with cervical fracture in Oct. 1984. His whole body below the neck is paralyzed. He invented a writing clamp that positions the fingers, which cannot move, to hold a pen and write. Using this device, he acquired MS and PhD degrees in Engineering & Technology and served as a Lecturer and later was promoted to the post of Head of the Department, Medical Electronics, S.B.M. Polytechnic, Mumbai. He received the Best Handicapped Teacher Award and Best Handicapped Person Award for Outstanding Educational and Scientific Work. Prof. Patil has worked on a number of inventions to facilitate the lives of persons with disabilities. His work is a testimony to the fact that the disability has not hampered him; rather it has spurred him on to greater success.

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

LOCOMOTOR DISABILITY OR CEREBRAL PALSY (Female)

NATIONAL AWARD

Dr. Yasmin Sultana

C-6 II floor

Above Nagina Store, Noor Nagar,

Jamia Nagar, Okhla

New Delhi-25

 

Born on 4th January 1971, Dr. Yasmin Sultana suffers from 50% locomotor disability. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard New Delhi. She has been guiding 12 Pharmacy and PhD students. She is a life member of the Indian Pharmacy Graduate Association, Association of the Pharmaceutical Teachers of India and National Environment Science Academy. She has publications in seventy international journals and five national journals of repute. She has been nominated as President of SAMAG Delhi Chapter which is a national level organization working for the welfare of persons with disabilities in India.

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

LOCOMOTOR DISABILITY  (Female)

ADDITIONAL NATIONAL AWARD

Ms. Darshita Babubhai Shah

252, ManekBaugh Society,

Gate No: 11, Ambawadi,

Ahmedabad-380015

Gujarat

 

          Born on 9th November 1965, Ms. Darshita Babubhai Shah has 80% Polio since 1966. She completed her B.Com from Gujarat University with a First Division. She has done PG Diploma in Human Resources Management with distinction at Ahmedabad Management Association. She received the National Award from LIMCA Book of Records(Most Qualified Women in India) in 2007 and 2011, Gujarat Govt’s Award of Best Self Employee and was awarded “Women Entrepreneurs Award” in 2012 by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

ROLE MODEL

MENTAL RETARDATION/MENTAL ILLNESS OR AUTISM (Female)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Ms. Rini Das

3/27, Vivek Nagar,

 Jadavpur,

Kolkata-700075,

P.O.-Santoshpur,

West Bengal

 

Born on 21st  March 1993, Ms. Rini Das has 75% mental impairment. Though a mentally challenged girl, she has shown her innate talent for dance from a very tender age. She has performed in many dance programmes in West Bengal and outside. At the age of ten, she received a prize from Chief Minister of West Bengal as a Best Dancer. She has a great interest in patriotic songs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST Applied Research/TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Master  Jyotiranjan Sahoo,

Qtr. No.-2 RB-17, Delta “C” Colony,

Unit-8,

Bhubaneswar,

Odisha

 

Born on 25th January 1998 Master Jyotiranjan Sahoo is a student of Class XI. He developed ‘Eyerinator-A New Vision’ device, which helps persons with low vision, glaucoma, retiritis and pigmentosa to function as a normal person for reading, writing, watching TV and even driving vehicles. The device is very helpful in enhancing visual efficiency, independent mobility with safety and for playing games. The device is not very costly. This device has been patented in 2011. Mr. Sahoo has received several awards and appreciation for this device. He has also received the National Child Award in 2012 for his exceptional talent in the field of Science, Research and Innovation.

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT OF NEW COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCT  FOR  MANUFACTURE AIMED AT IMPROVING the life of Persons with Disabilities

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Shri R.S. Hiremath,

1234, 22-A Main,

11A Cross, Sector-1,

HSR Layout,

Bengaluru-560102

 

 

Born on 2nd October, 1961, Shri R.S. Hiremath, Mechanical Engineer, has developed a Solar-battery Charger for BTE hearing aids. This device is designed for charging ‘Button Cells’ used in hearing aids and is almost four times cheaper than an imported one. The equipment works in almost all conditions of daylight. Shri Hiremath has a company called Flexitron which is a social enterprise, dedicated to design and manufacture of products in alternative energy. Shri Hiremath has innovations in various fields like Social Photovoltaic, Wind Energy, LED Lighting to his credit. He has been conferred several awards in the field of innovation.

 

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT OF NEW COST EFFEXCTIVE PRODUCT  FOR  MANUFACTURE AIMED AT IMPROVING the life of Persons with Disabilities

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Shri K Ramesh

Vocational Instructor,

Rehabilitation Centre, NIMH,

Manovikas Nagar,

Secunderabad.

 

Shri P. Sammaiah,

Rehabilitation Officer

Rehabilitation Centre, NIMH,

Manovikas Nagar,

Secunderabad.

 

 

Shri K Ramesh, Vocational Instructor, and Shri P. Sammaiah, Rehabilitation Officer, working at National Institute of the Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad have together designed and developed adaptive devices like Adaptation in Long Size Staplers for Book Binding; Creasing of Registration/Greeting Cards in Offset Printing; Adaptation of Envelope  Creasing and Pasting in Printing; and Adaptation-cum-Safety Device in Offset Printing. These devices make the process very simple and suitable for persons with mental impairment to carry out their task easily and efficiently in self-supported employment activities.

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Work in the Creation of Barrier-free

Environment for the Persons with Disabilities

(PRIVATE SECTOR/NGOs)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

HOWRAH SOUTH POINT

15, PM Bustee, 3rd Bye-Lane

P.O. & PS Shibpur,

Howrah-711 102

West Bengal

 

ARUSHI

1, Shivaji Nagar,

Near MPEB office

Bhopal,

Madhya Pradesh

 

 

 

This Award is shared by Howrah South Point & Arushi Society.

Howrah South Point, has 4 Homes for all-round and integrated development of the physically handicapped, persons with cerebral palsy; persons who are mentally challenged, persons with hearing impairment and destitute children in Howrah. Amongst the various facilities available in these Homes are vocational centres, wheel chair ramp at entrance, easy accessibility, adapted toilets and washrooms, low height wash basins, low height dining table, cooking slabs, beds and above all a dedicated staff catering to each and every need of the disabled in mates.

Arushi is a voluntary organisation in Bhopal working for the disabled since 1992. It has pathways with tactile tiles, ramps with railings, accessible toilets; lifts and low level switches with contrast colours; appropriate signages in Braille and tactile map at every floor. Special parking ramps; toilets and water facility for disabled are now available at the Habibganj Railway station in Bhopal due to the efforts of Arushi.  Arushi has worked with various hotels, restaurants, museums, places of archaeological interest, parks, shopping malls, banks to make them easily accessible for the disabled.

 

Best District in Providing Rehabilitation Services

 National Award

Cuttack District

 Odisha

 

District of Cuttack in Odisha with 2.80% of persons with disabilities has their welfare as the cornerstone of its development initiative. District administration of Cuttack has taken effective steps to promote economic empowerment of PwDs by encouraging them for self employment and facilitating financial assistance under its mission ‘Kshyamata’, which is a new initiative in its annual Trade Festival to economic empowerment of PwDs. Cuttack District provided marketing opportunities for products made by PwDs and training in accountancy. Behavior skills training is also imparted in such Fairs alongwith credit facilities. Cuttack initiated the preparation and dissemination of text books in Daisy format. Legal literacy was promoted through publishing of key enactments in Braille. Parent Counseling Camps were also organized for parents. Nearly 10% of the district population of PwDs are provided 10 Kg. rice every month at Rs.1/- per kg.

 

 

 

Best State Channelising Agency of National Handicapped Finance and

Development Corporation

 National Award

 

 

Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd.

Mahatama Gandhi Road,

Shillong – 793 001 (Meghalaya)

 

            The Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd. had started implementing NHFDC schemes from the year 2010-2011.  The Apex Bank as State Channelizing Agency (SCA) of NHFDC is progressively increasing its loaning to persons with disabilities in the State of Meghalaya.  In the financial year 2012-2013, all 75 projects received from persons with disabilities were sanctioned by the Bank.  It was successful in utilization of 100% funds received from NHFDC with recovery of 100%.  The agency has established itself as a good model for other States especially in the North-Eastern Region.

 

 

 

Outstanding Creative Adult Persons with Disabilities (Male)

 National Award

Dr. Ved Prakash Verma

D-233, 3rd Floor,

Wellington Estate,

P.O. Dhakoli

Zirakpur, Distt. Mohali

Punjab-160104

 

 

Born on 9th October, 1934 at Bahawalpur(now in Pakistan) Dr. Ved Prakash Verma lost his eye sight due to trachoma in the very first year of his life. Earning a PhD degree, Dr. Ved Prakash wanted to become a university teacher in the face of formidable difficulties. After a struggle of 7 years, he did become a university teacher thereby proving his worth. He has authored 14 books on ‘neetishastra’, philosophy, ethics and a biography of Louis Braille. His contribution in the field of Philosophy is commendable. Dr. Ved Prakash has been honoured with 6 awards including the Best Handicapped employee Award in 1980 and AICB Centenary Award from the Vice President of India in 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Creative Adult Persons with Disabilities (Female)

 National Award

 

Ms. Babli Gambhir

20, Pratap Nagar,

Piploda Road, Jaora (Rtm)

Madhya Pradesh

 

Born on 10th October 1965 in Jaora, Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Gambhir was shunned by the public due to her short hands (tiny wings), Ms. Babli Gambhir turned the tables on societal prejudices by excelling in a profession that requires meticulous use of hands as a beautician.  An M.A in English Literature, this brave woman ,standing tall with her golden hands is a source of inspiration to one and many. She owns a beauty clinic with a staff of 15 and a large number of students undergoing training under her guidance. Her self-confidence and unwillingness to let go of her dreams have made her a winner of a basket of awards including Ojaswini Udyamita Alankaran Award 2011, Bhaskar woman of the year Award 2011 and Priyadarshini Award 2012.

 

 

 

 

Best Creative Child with Disabilities (Boy)

 National Award

 

Master Tuhin Dey

Village Chandipur,

P.O. Rakhna Jungle (Malancha)

Distt. Paschim Medinipur,

West Bengal- 721 301

 

Born on 11th March, 1999 at Kharagpur, West Bengal, Master Tuhin Dey is an exceptionally talented and strong willed child. Despite poor motor co-ordination of upper limbs, he has developed a creative style of writing by holding the pen in his mouth. Not only this, he can operate the computer with his tongue and lips. Studying at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tuhin’s aim in life is to become a space scientist. Tuhin has been conferred with the Creative Child Award by the Government of West Bengal in the year 2011. He has also received the National Child Award for exceptional achievement in 2012 from the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

 

 

 

 

Best Creative Child with Disabilities (Girl)

 National Award

 

Ms. Aishna Vashishth

3004, Sector 40-D,

Chandigarh

 

Born on 20th September 1997 at Panchkula, Haryana, Ms. Aishna feels musical notes her heart since she is hearing and speech impaired. Her dance speaks volumes for her talent and dedication. Though Bharatnatyam is her forte, her grace, confidence and facial expression makes it a delight to watch her perform western and folk dances also. Aishna has a flare for painting for which she has won several prizes. Besides this, gymnastics have also helped her earn a lot of appreciation. She has received the National Child Award for exceptional achievement by the President of India, National Bal Shree Honour for Creative Performance and Girl Star Award in 2013.

 

 

 

 

Best BRAILLE PRESS

 National Award

 

Indian Association for the Blind

Sundarajanpaty,

Alagrkoil Main Road,

Arunbanoor Post,

Madurai-625104.

 

Braille is the script that makes visually impaired literate, aware and self-sufficient. Indian Association for the Blind Braille Press, Madurai, has produced 252 titles in English and Tamil and 22 lakh pages in the last three years. 146 books were provided for school and college students with the help of five printers. They have successfully supplied multiple copies of their publications all over India. Magazines, children literature and other material in braille have brought knowledge, information and entertainment to thousands of visually impaired readers across many States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Accessible Website

(GOVERNMENT)

 National Award

Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Government of India

Shastri Bhawan,

New Delhi

 

The website of Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs benefits all the Scheduled Tribe population in India and abroad. The website complies with Content Management System and hence all pages generated have provision for entering page title, meta keywords, meta description. The website is bilingual with English and Hindi version for universal accessibility. It is accessible on all platforms like internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google, mobile phones and on various disabled-specific devices.

 

 

Best Accessible Website

(PSUs/LOCAL BODIES)

 National Award

 

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation

Red Cross Bhawan,

Sector-12,

Faridabad-121 007

 

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation functions as an apex institution for channelizing funds to person with disabilities through state channelizing agencies. Their website is bilingual and easily accessible on mobile phones and Tablets. The website meets the level of WCAG 2.0 guidelines so that even the hearing impaired users can receive information via sight. The site is keyboard compatible; language and pronunciation are easy to understand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Accessible Website

(PRIVATE SECTOR)

 National Award

 

 

WIPRO

Doddakannelli,

Sarjapur Road

Bangalore-560035

 

Wipro, Bangalore has a set of over 100 software applications which address a variety of requirement in human relations, travel, leave, cash and career. These applications in the domains of Net, Java, SAP and mobile are created by the Information System team. They are developed as per SLDC process confirming to SEI-CMMI level 5.

 

BEST STATE IN PROMOTING EMPOWERMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

NATIONAL AWARD

 

STATE OF TAMIL NADU

Tamilnadu is the pioneer State in granting monthly pension to all disabled persons. 100% coverage has been achieved under its Pension Scheme. Tamilnadu has also brought down the minimum age for its eligibility (for pension) from 45 to 18 years. The State has made rules for the benefit of persons with disabilities in all multi storied public buildings, Low floor buses, lift facilities near airports, ramps have been introduced for easy access of wheel chairs. The State Government also bears loss of interest for extending interest free loans from co-operative banks to all persons with disabilities. 58.6% of the population of PwDs have been issued disability certificates. Free concessional bus passes are also provided. Tamil Nadu has a full time State Commissioner for the persons with disabilities.

 

 

BEST SPORTSPERSONS WITH DISABILITY (Male)

NATIONAL AWARD

Mr. J. Ranjith Kumar

No. 16, Meenachi

Illam, Lurdhu Nagar IV Street,

K.Pudhur, Madurai – 625007

Tamilnadu

 

Born on 2nd September 1974, Mr. Ranjith Kumar lost use of his legs due to polio when he was only 9 months old but determination and self confidence are his assets. Though polio made him immobile, yet he managed to complete his school. After completing his schooling, the Madurai District Physically Handicapped Association encouraged him to take part in wheelchair games where he made a mark in the field of sports. He took proper training and participated in national level athletics where he proved his mettle by bagging gold medals for 3 events. He participated in the 8th FESPIC Games in 2002 in South Korea and made the country proud by his achievements there. He has become a source of inspiration for persons with disabilities.

BEST SPORTSPERSONS WITH DISABILITY (Female)

NATIONAL AWARD

 

Ms. Soma Kundu

C/o Bablu Kumaar Kundu

Millanpally Government Housing

Quarter No. M/1, SF Road,

P.O. Silliguri Bazar,

Distt. Darjling- 734 005

 

 Born on 23d November 1987 in West Dinajpur, West Bengal, Ms. Soma Kundu is a hearing and speech impaired girl, but none the less there is nothing that can stop her from winning accolades in the field of Table Tennis. She has completed her high secondary education and is currently pursuing B.A.  Her bag of achievements include 3 international level sports events, 11 national level events in which she won 5 medals. Soma also keeps interest in arts.

 

 

 

 

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3rd December is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 

With Inputs from the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

SS-125/SF-125/03-12-2013

RTS/HSN

 

 

 


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