The tale of Specially-abled people

December 3 is a ‘Special Day’ observed as International day of persons with disabilities or now as we call them the specially-abled people. Just like other ‘special days’- symposia and rallies etc will be organized for raising the issues of the handicapped people. Lectures would be given 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 the issue till next annual occasion. That is all; we all have been experiencing this.

Another 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 to 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 disability, 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, it does not matter but such people should be aware not to fall prey to inferiority complex. 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 sceptic about all these names then?

Regarding the pathetic condition and the rehabilitation remedies thereof- if something could be done for betterment regarding the scenario we all must share and contribute on our part. In this regard a reliable survey for the data of these people needs to be explored by the concerned agencies. The packages and programs already undertaken by the government as well as reputed NGOs need to be analyzed and monitored for future improvements. Here I will mention the pathetic condition of the handicapped people, widows, orphans who stand registered as beneficiaries in the Social Welfare Department of State Government.

Government gives them a meagre monthly amount of Rs 200 to 500. But on the ground, the situation is not satisfying; 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 or sometimes twice that too releasing the stipend of only some months against a 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 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 their bank accounts monthly or bi-monthly. The dire need of the time is to regularize the delivery system then only our handicapped, crippled and widows and orphans can get rid of the agents who play with their naivety.
On the other hand the public level rehabilitation too needs to be analyzed scientifically for bringing betterment in it. Some NGOs, Trusts and organizations like that of J&K Yateem Foundation or Sakhawat Centre J&K or Shamah Foundation are doing a commendable job in this regard but they all need to co-ordinate somehow so that they can synergize their efforts to serve the same cause.  Also these organizations need to do extensive research on the data and statistics of varied kinds of rehabilitations needed in our society.
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December 3 is a ‘Special Day’ observed as International day of persons with disabilities or now as we call them the specially-abled people. Just like other ‘special days’- symposia and rallies etc will be organized for raising the issues of the handicapped people. Lectures would be given 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 the issue till next annual occasion. That is all; we all have been experiencing this.

Another 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 to 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 disability, 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, it does not matter but such people should be aware not to fall prey to inferiority complex. 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 sceptic about all these names then?

Regarding the pathetic condition and the rehabilitation remedies thereof- if something could be done for betterment regarding the scenario we all must share and contribute on our part. In this regard a reliable survey for the data of these people needs to be explored by the concerned agencies. The packages and programs already undertaken by the government as well as reputed NGOs need to be analyzed and monitored for future improvements. Here I will mention the pathetic condition of the handicapped people, widows, orphans who stand registered as beneficiaries in the Social Welfare Department of State Government.

Government gives them a meagre monthly amount of Rs 200 to 500. But on the ground, the situation is not satisfying; 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 or sometimes twice that too releasing the stipend of only some months against a 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 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 their bank accounts monthly or bi-monthly. The dire need of the time is to regularize the delivery system then only our handicapped, crippled and widows and orphans can get rid of the agents who play with their naivety.

On the other hand the public level rehabilitation too needs to be analyzed scientifically for bringing betterment in it. Some NGOs, Trusts and organizations like that of J&K Yateem Foundation or Sakhawat Centre J&K or Shamah Foundation are doing a commendable job in this regard but they all need to co-ordinate somehow so that they can synergize their efforts to serve the same cause.  Also these organizations need to do extensive research on the data and statistics of varied kinds of rehabilitations needed in our society.
(Feedback at ahmadkashmiri@gmail.com)