Winter Mela by differently abled persons underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 3, 2018: A 3-day “6th Winter Disabled Mela” was kicked off today in connection with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is observed across Manipur under the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” at Sagolband Tera Primary School in Imphal West.

Hosted by Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur, the winter mela is jointly organised with Northern Disability Institute, Loitang; All Manipur Disability Right Network, Senapati; All Tribal Disabled Union, Nagaram; The Symbiosis Society, Tera Bazar; Society for Empowerment of the Disabled Persons, Kakching; The Deaf Welfare Organisation, Kongba and Eramdam Apunba Disabled Welfare Association, Wangoo.

S. Rajen Singh, deputy chairman of state planning board on the sideline of the event said, it is high time to appreciate the differently abled persons for standing out among the normal persons by showing their skills in the form of handloom and handicrafts and producing organic farming products during in such mela and other festivals of the state rather than feeling discriminated on their own to face the society.

He said, their courageous will to stand among others in our society should be welcome and encourage so that they can continue to do so in the future too.

Rajen said, with their ongoing process to develop the handloom and handicraft in the state, Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation will try their best level to export the handloom and handicraft products made by the differently abled persons as well as giving them sample products which will be very much demand to the outside states after collecting the end products from them.

Rajen draws the attention of the differently abled persons to avail all the schemes process under Chief Minister Start up programs which include subsidy of 30% loan system as well as programs to process easy loans with tight up banks to the entrepreneurs of the state.

Altogether 41 stalls are opened in the exhibition where different variety of end products of handloom and handicraft made and craft by the differently abled persons are showcased.

Floral tribute was also paid to Late Khundrakpam Pappu, differently abled person who use to make kite and was once famous and most like kite products by many in the state. He attended in the last year’s winter mela.

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