New Delhi: Releasing a vision document for
the differently-abled in the country, Leader of the Opposition
in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said BJP would help
empower them by evolving policies to make them independent.
She also said the party would do everything for the
acceptance of the word "differently-abled" instead of
"disabled" at the United Nations.
Addressing members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a seminar
"Saksham" here, the BJP leader said the party`s approach would
be to include differently-abled persons in mainstream
BJP president Nitin Gadkari earlier released the vision
document at his residence this morning and congratulated the
Mahila Morcha team for the initiative.
"It is our endeavor to ensure that differently-abled
persons in our country are empowered and included in
programmes related to the nation`s development as equal
partners," said Gadkari.
Speaking at the seminar Swaraj urged Mahila Morcha to
undertake this effort in every state. "I promise that wherever
we are able to do anything, we will work towards acceptance of
`differently-abled`" she said.
Swaraj felicitated some differently-abled women - Madhu
Singhal, Chairperson of NGO Mitra Jyoti, Nishta Thaker, IAMD
President of Gujarat Chapter, Neeru Gautam, President of NGO
Sanjeevani and Sanjana Goel, National Chairperson of IMDA, for
working for the welfare of persons with diabilities and
helping empower them.
BJP Mahila Morcha president Smriti Irani reaffirmed her
commitment to take this initiative across the country with
special attention to rural India where she said 80 per cent
of the disabled lived.