RASUWA, March 13: A campaign to distribute identity cards to people with disabilities (PWDs) in Rasuwa district has started in order to make it easy for them to avail facilities being provided by the state. A total of 625 PWDs including 371 women in Rasuwa have received the ID cards so far.
The ID card distribution is being carried out in coordination with the Rasuwa Disabled Rehabilitation Centre. It is estimated that there are around 1,000 PWDs living in Rasuwa district. "We are working with the local level governments to make the PWDs self-reliant," Chairman of Rasuwa Disabled Rehabilitation Center Gambhir Man Lo said.
The data collection is being carried out to identify people living with disabilities in the district and conduct a real census of the disabled population. The National Disabled Federation is also collaborating in the district-wide initiative.
So far, 300 PWDs were identified in Uttargaya Rural Municipality and 139 in Gosaikunda Rural Municipality, said programme officer Tshering Lama.
Separately, health, education, social security and livelihood programmes are being carried out in the Gosaikunda region for the PWDs in collaboration with Handicap International. While a disaster mitigation and preparedness programme has already been implemented, training on search and rescue is als being provided to the PWDs in the district.