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Nagaland SDG Vision 2030: Reduced Inequalities

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As part of the Nagaland SDG vision 2030, the Department of Social Welfare hopes to establish community-owned Old Age Homes and Day Care Centres in every district to cater to the needs of the increasingly neglected elderly population. (Morung File Photo | For representational purpose only)

Old Age Homes, Day Care Centres in every district by 2030

Our Correspondent
Kohima | August 29

The Nagaland Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Vision 2030 in its Goal-10 on ‘Reduced Inequalities’ aims at reducing inequality within and among countries.

The vision is to focus on the marginalized section of the society, providing equal opportunities in all spheres of life and establish a socially secure and just environment for all.

2030 targets include empowering and promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status; establishing community owned old age home day care centres in every district to cater to the needs of the elderly population and establishing a District Disability Rehabilitation Centre in all districts.

Care for the elderly

By 2030, the Department of Social Welfare hopes to establish community-owned Old Age Homes and Day Care Centres in every district to cater to the needs of the increasingly neglected elderly populations.

“Medical doctors/nurses are to be made available in such homes and day care centres to address medical needs. Strict guidelines will be formulated to open up an old age home or day care centre and there will be a proper mechanism set to strictly monitor these institutions,” the vision statement stated adding that, apart from this, strengthening civil infrastructure that is supportive of the elderly will go a long way towards geriatric care. Building health care facilities that take into account elderly care is a must for building an inclusive society, it added.

Inclusive care

The vision statement stated that it would ensure residential care is made available to the mentally challenged for their education, training, guidance, welfare and rehabilitation.

Also, formulation of schemes for ensuring employment of persons with disabilities (PwDs) by government bodies, for training and welfare of PwDs, relaxation of upper age limit, regulation of employment and creation of congenial work environment and constitution of authority responsible for the administration of such schemes, differently-abled persons will be provided concessions for treatment and rehabilitation facilities, a database survey and directory of PWDs will be developed, DDRCs will be established in all the district and organize workshops, discussions on social issue faced by the differently-abled to sensitize the people of the service available for the welfare of the differently-abled.

Economic rehabilitation for PwDs

With the increase in educated and skilled PwDs, the state government is aware of its responsibility to offer employment opportunities to physicality challenged persons.

“The state shall endeavour to open avenues for PwDs by creating facilities for skill training and offering job opportunities for PWDs in various professions and trades. The state will explore avenues for this sector to ensure that the PwDs do not become a burden on the family and state; rather let them become income generators and contributors to the society,” it stated.

The potentialities of setting up skill development training cum production centres may be explored such as factories and production units that help to effectively utilize the skills in which they are trained so as to ensure their contribution to the economy as well, it stated.

Vulnerable women and children

Crèche for working mothers is to be established in the vicinity of the work place in all workplaces such as government offices, NGOs, educational institutions, unorganized sector.

“This will be great support to working women who are often constrained at their workplace unable to fully concentrate and contribute effectively due to lack of day care facilities for their children,” it stated.

Rehabilitation mechanism is to be strengthened for those who are the most stigmatized: victims of rape, trafficked victims, commercially sexually exploited.

It also stated that schemes like Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) should be strengthened and converged with Anganwadi centres to curb child labour and illegal adoption.

Schemes available under the Ministry and department of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Women & Child Development and Department of Social Welfare are to be converged to avoid overlapping.

Coordination and partnership

It stated that organizing more awareness programmes, workshops and seminars in collaboration with aligned departments and the community for strengthening the delivery of all schemes and programmes will be very important.

Coordination with other departments, the private sector, civil society and academia for any support and coordination for achieving its goals is critical as well.

Inter-departmental collaboration will be undertaken to avoid duplication of efforts to generate ground- level awareness, it added.

Ensuring an effective social service system

The programmes and schemes to address most of the social welfare areas are already in place. However, the emphasis should be on a successful social services implementation system that is transparent and effective, it stated

The vision statement also outlined various steps that can be taken for ensuring an effective social service system.
 

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