Union Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar, Union Ministers of State Pratima Bhoumik and A. Narayanswami take part in Sign Language Day celebrations on September 23, 2021 in New Delhi. (PIB)
New Delhi: Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) are an integral part of human resource and to provide them maximum accessibility is the utmost priority of the Government, said Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar.
He said this at Sign Language Day celebrations on September 23, 2021, at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
“Various decisions and policies of the Ministry have been framed to ensure the empowerment and welfare of PwDs. Continuous efforts are being made to ensure the empowerment and mainstreaming of PwDs,” said Kumar.
Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi, an autonomous body under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organised the programme.
Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik and A. Narayanswami also attended the programme. Anjali Bhawra, Secretary, DEPwD, Santosh Sarangi, Additional Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Dr. Prabodh Seth, Joint Secretary, DEPwD& Director, ISLRTC and V. Gopala Krishnan, General Secretary, All Indian Federation of Deaf also graced the occasion.
The ISLRTC presented a documentary on ‘Indian Sign Language Journey’. Winners of 4th Indian Sign Language Competition, 2021, a national level competition held for students with hearing disabilities, were announced.
The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment interacted with five winners from various places of India to share their experiences.
As per the MoU signed between ISLRTC and NCERT for conversion of NCERT textbooks into Indian Sign Language, digital format of converted textbooks for Class I to V was launched during the programme. (Press Release)