Shillong, Dec. 3: Along with the rest of the world, Meghalaya observed World Disability Day today in different parts of the state.
In East Garo Hills, over 200 differently-abled persons from remote areas of the district attended an official programme at Williamnagar.
It started with a rally which was flagged off by social welfare minister Deborah C. Marak. The rally was led by Marak, deputy commissioner Vijay Kumar Mantri and other officials.
After the rally, a programme, Badhte Kadam V, was organised, where professionals spoke about the rights of differently-abled persons. At the same time, people with disabilities spoke about their plight while some of them sang and danced.
Three specialist doctors from different parts of the state assessed the differently-abled persons. On-the-spot disability certificates were handed over to them.
The National Trust of India initiated Badhte Kadam for the people with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retard and multiple disabilities.
The objective of Badhte Kadam is to generate awareness and sensitise the community about the rights of persons with disabilities as enshrined in the Constitution and as elaborated in the United Nations Convention on Rights of Person with Disabilities.