Day for specially-abled

We must not exploit these hapless people

DECEMBER 3

AHMAD KASHMIRI

Dec. 3 is yet another “Special Day” observed as the day of handicapped or now as they call them the specially abled people. Just like other “special days” symposia and rallies will be organized for raising the issues of the handicapped, lectures would be delivered and some politicians will announce even special packages and programs for the lot. At the end of the day the media will carry the news of the day and the day after people will forget it till next annual occasion. That is all we have been experiencing with regard to the celebration of these special days. Another created slogan that has come into existence is about the naming of these people that they should be called with the name of “specially abled or differently abled” people and we have been listening this modification about orphans and widows also that they should be given some different name. One fails to understand that why after all we should change their names. A handicapped person knows himself first about his handicap, orphan knows about himself and similarly a widow knows about her fate. If people feel social stigma with these names and thereby give a different name, they live in a blissful world. The stigmas are always the feelings of those people who have inferiority complex in their personalities. The stigmas are in that case attached to the psyche not with the names. Whatever name you give to handicapped, orphans, widows or alike, if you are a person with inferiority complex. Beware!  Stigma will stick with your new name also. If you are a Muslim then you must bear in mind that Almighty in  Holy Quran calls an orphan with the name of orphan only, a widow a widow only, a Miskeen (poor) a poor only, why should a man be skeptic about all these names then?
Regarding the pathetic condition and the rehabilitation remedies thereof, if something could be done for their betterment we all must contribute our bit. In this regard a reliable survey for the data of these people needs to be done by the concerned agencies. The packages and programs already undertaken by the government as well as reputed NGOs need be analyzed and monitored for future improvements. Here I will mention the pathetic condition of those who stand registered as beneficiaries in the Social Welfare Department of State Govt. Govt. gives them a meager monthly amount of Rs 200 to 500. But on the ground the situation is not encouraging, instead, what we see is that these poor people who (all) are handicapped to travel, understand and operate the modern day account systems are suffering badly. According to paper packages they are supposed to receive their stipend monthly through banks but in practice the department has been disbursing their amounts sometimes once in a year sometimes twice. They just release the stipend of only some months against an year or more that too in an irregular manner. This kind of practice has given birth to corruption even in the cases of handicapped, widows and orphans. There are complaints that some vested interest people have become commissioned agents and they play with these beneficiaries and receive commissions from them for releasing their due amounts. This is the hallmark of our society that, even the traumatized, crippled and orphans too are not spared. Even our widow mother is asked to pay bribe for the release of 200 Rupees.
 The loophole lies in the system of delivery. However it could be easily set right by regularization of this system. The department needs to streamline the whole delivery system by disbursing the beneficiaries amount directly into the beneficiaries bank accounts per month or bi-monthly or as could be their strategy but their should be uniformity in it. The dire need of the time is to regularize the delivery system then only our handicapped, crippled and widows and orphans can get rid from the agents who play with their naivety and handicaps.
On the other hand the public level rehabilitation too needs to be analyzed scientifically. Though the some NGOs, Trusts and organizations like that of J&K Yateem Foundation, Sakhawat Centre J&K, Shamah Foundation and J&K Yateem Trust are doing commendable job in this regard  but they all need to co-ordinate somehow. That will ensure a better and safer delivery mechanism. Only those who deserve will be benefited.

(Feedback at ahmadkashmiri@gmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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