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* Sri Lanka to implement a National Action Plan for Disability
Wed, Dec 18, 2013, 10:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 18, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received approval from the Cabinet of ministers to implement a National Action Plan for Disability that is aimed at promoting the rights of differently-abled people.

According to the government, under the National Action Plan, the disabled will have opportunities to enjoy a full and satisfying life and contribute to national development, their knowledge, experience and particular skills and capabilities as equal citizens of Sri Lanka.

The National Action Plan has been designed for implementation of seven thematic areas namely, Empowerment, Health and Rehabilitation, Education, Work and Employment, Mainstreaming and Enabling Environments, Data and Research and Social Institutional Cohesion.

The government has allocated nearly Rs.65 billion in the Medium Term Budgetary Framework 2014 - 2016 for the implementation of the Government Policy Framework on empowering the differently abled community and mobilizing them as an equally useful segment of the society.

The Cabinet has approved the proposal put forward by the Minister of Social Services Felix Perera to proceed with the activities relating to the implementation of the Action Plan.

Another proposal by Minister Perera to formulate a combined Action Plan for the promotion and sale of the products made by the disabled and the elders of the society has also received the Cabinet's approval Monday.

The plan will be implemented by the Ministry of Social Services in association with the Ministries of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Economic Development, and Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation and all other stake holders including public and private trade agencies.

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