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Assam: Former Commissioner Conferred Prestigious Disability-Access Award

G Plus News | October 20, 2020 19:17 hrs

Kausar Jamil Hilaly, the former State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) of Assam, was conferred the special jury award in the National Council for the Promotion of Employment amongst Disabled People (NCPEDP) Mphasis Universal Design Award on 28th September. It is one of the most prestigious disability-access awards in India.

Kausar Hilaly has been instrumental in implementing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPD) Assam Rules and also monitored the implementation of specific provisions of the RPD Act by different authorities.

His work on aligning the administration to be sensitive towards persons with disabilities has helped in creating a conducive environment for discussion and implementation of disability rights in the state, stated a press release.

Hilaly held the office of the SCPD of Assam from July 2018 to July 2020.

Speaking to G Plus about this recognition, Kausar Hilaly said, "This is actually an acknowledgment of the kind of work I have done at multiple levels. This is given to persons who have worked to promote disability amongst the disabled people to ensure that they enjoy equal rights as the abled."

He was nominated by people and NGOs as the process goes.

"Assam is the only state to notify an SOP for the specially-abled during their pandemic, the DCs were asked to provide all necessary requirements to the specially-abled people and their family. Over the last two years of my tenure, I took up the project of developing a diagnostic kit for such kids. These kits are usually available in English and Hindi languages but we have developed it in Assamese. It's a questionnaire to let the teachers and guardians know that a child needs special attention and plan intervention, with help from the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH," he added.

Kausar Jamil Hilaly also worked to implement the mandatory guidelines under the RPWD Act, 2016, and GMDA was forced to commit the incorporation of these rules in the Guwahati Building bylaws.

NCPEDP highlights the need for making the census 2021 accessible and inclusive for persons with disabilities.

The winners of the 11th NCPEDP Mphasis Universal Design Award were awarded in a virtual ceremony on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The award was conceived in 2010 to create awareness about the principles of Universal Design and to encourage people to innovate and create products based on the same. It was later expanded to include work that would lead to policy changes to promote accessibility for all and increase the mandate of the Awards to also increase access to services.

Twenty individuals and organizations were recognized for their path-breaking work on promoting accessibility for persons with disabilities at the virtual ceremony this year.

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