Centre for study on disability

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Thursday inaugurated a centre for disability studies at Mizoram University in Tanhril near Aizawl.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 6.07.18
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Lal Thanhawla and Krishanpal Gurjar inaugurate the centre in Aizawl on Thursday. Picture by Henry L. Khojol

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Thursday inaugurated a centre for disability studies at Mizoram University in Tanhril near Aizawl.

The event was attended by Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishanpal Gurjar, who is in Mizoram on an official tour.

The centre is the first of its kind in the country.

Lal Thanhawla expressed happiness on the opening of the centre under the joint initiative of the National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan), Calcutta and the department of social work of Mizoram University. He said it would bring fame to Mizoram and expose the state to the outside world.

The chief minister said the government is taking efforts to improve the welfare of differently-abled persons as their living condition and daily activities in a hilly state like Mizoram is highly inconvenient as compared to other states.

He said the centre has plans to create common identification cards for differently-abled people, which would help them in the field of education, physical health and political participation. Gurjar said efforts would be taken to study the problems faced by differently-abled persons and to make their daily easier.

The construction of the centre began in 2015 and was completed in June this year.