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Physically-challenged have high hopes from Census 2011

Staff Reporter

Census 2001 had pegged their numbers at 3 p.c. of population


‘Census officials have done little to advertise and make the physically-challenged aware of census'

‘In the State budget, government should allocate at least three per cent of total budget to them'


HYDERABAD: Physically-challenged persons are resting their hopes on the massive enumeration drive under Census 2011 for the exact number of the disabled among general population in the country and State. The Census 2001 had pegged their numbers at three per cent among the general population. This time, however, differently-abled persons hope that the numbers will swell.

“There is a need to make physically-challenged persons aware that a census is being taken up in the State. The stigma of disability is such that families do not even bother to reveal their presence. Census authorities have done little to advertise and make physically-challenged persons aware on the significance of participating in census,” said NPRD, national convenor, Murali Dharan, here on Sunday.

After the census 2001, subsequent National Sample Survey (NSS) of 2005 was 2.3 per cent. According to the 11the planning commission report, the population is at six per cent while the United Nations estimates are at six per cent. “There are so many contradicting survey results. There is a need for an exact count of physically-challenged persons in the country,” NRPD members felt.

The members, who interacted with media persons on Sunday, felt that census enumerators should be trained properly. “Training will help identify differently-abled persons. In the upcoming State budget, authorities should allocate at least three per cent of total budget to them,” said State president of NPRD, V. Venkateswarulu.

The NPRD national convenor maintained that there is a need to provide universally acceptable identification card for the physically-challenged. “At present, it is a very tough task for the physically-challenged persons to get disability certificates. They have to visit several departments for such a certificate. This is a problem in all parts of the country and authorities should realise the need for universal ID card,” he said.

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