PANJIM: Goa Church has appealed disabled people here to get themselves enrolled on the Census rolls during the population enumeration exercise, which begins nationwide from February 9.
In a press release issued here on Monday, Fr Valeriano Vaz, Director, Council for Social Justice & Peace (CSJP), a wing of Goa Church, stated that Census 2001 indicates the number of disabled people as 2.1 per cent of our population, which according to international organisation indicators is "improper".
"We are at the threshold of the Census 2011 which will begin on February 9. In this regard, it is crucial that every disabled person be enrolled, so that proper statistics of the disabled is gathered in the nation," he appealed. Vaz said several local school teachers, Anganwadi workers and other nominated personnel have been engaged for the census task.
Since they will visit each house, it would be important that those who provide information do not miss on Question Number nine from among the 30 odd questions which specifically deals with the enrollment of the disabled, he added.
The CSJP has said that one does not require to produce a medical certificate, or National ID card or any other document to verify the disability.
"In fact, 40 per cent disability criterion for entitlements to government benefits is not applicable for enrollment. Even elderly people with any impairment or disability can also be counted as disabled people," the release said.
"Census of a nation enables it to engage into organised planning which also ensures proper allocation of funds for the respective sections of the society," Vaz said. – PTI


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