A workshop for ensuring livelihood opportunity for differently-abled people through forming their SHGs was organized by Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society on April 26-27 at Hotel Le Lac, Ranchi.
The programme was formally launched by Paritosh Upadhayay, IFS, Special Secretary, cum CEO, JSLPS on April 27, 2016.
Upadhyay,while addressing the participants,said,“This is a new initiative for the differently able persons.So because they often remain neglected by the mainstream people.Towards an inclusive approach, we will make their SHGs and will work for exploring livelihood avenues for them, like our successful women SHGs.
For this, special strategy will be developed for giving them equal opportunities. Seeing the different types of disabilities, livelihood options will be chosen for them. We will take technical support from Sightsavers and for further implementation of programme roadmap will be develop. The objective will be to make the programme sustainable in the long run and we are very hopeful for the same.”
Satish Chandra, Disability Commisioner, Jharkhand, said, “In today’s scenario, disability is a major concern. However, things are changing very fastly towards a positive direction. People are becoming emphatic towards differently able persons. Media has played a very positive role in bringing the differently able persons forward, because of which people are becoming aware towards their rights and getting their entitlements.”
Prashan Chandra, Director, Sightsavers, said, “we are working for a noble cause and will speed up the process of empowerment with the participatory approach of all the stake-holders. Sightsavers will provide all the technical support wherever needed.”
Ketan Kothari, Advocacy Manager, Sightsavers, kept his views and said, “it is not a matter of charity, we are trying to make the differently able persons independent in choosing the livelihood options for them. When the programme will show the result and reach to its beneficiaries, then real change will happen.”
JSLPS has entered into a MoU with Sightsavers, where Sightsavers will provide technical support to the Society for building capacity of the JSLPS team and identify appropriate livelihood opportunity and develop skills of PwDs through linking them with Skill Development Programmes launched at the state and national levels.
JSLPS claims to be implementing the programme in the state. The programme is slated to commence in 4 districts of Jharkhand i.e. Ranchi, Hazaribagh,Dumka and Godda covering 6 blocks namely Angada, Namkum, Kattkamsandhi, Masaliya and Sikariparra, respectively.
1.Shows participants in the workshop organised to provide livelihood opportunity for specially abled persons through forming their SHGs.
2.Organisers of the workshop