NAD Team met Dr. Jitendra Singh, Honble Union Minister for PMO for Demand ISLRTC as an Autonomy Body

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NAD Team met Dr. Jitendra Singh, Honble Union Minister for PMO for Demand ISLRTC as an Autonomy Body

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), MOS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Government will sympathetically consider setting up "Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre" as an independent body for the benefit of those suffering from impaired hearing. He was talking to a delegation of National Association of the Deaf (NAD) led by its Secretary, Shri A.S. Narayanan, who requested for withdrawal of the order placing the proposed Indian Sign Language Research Training Centre under Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH). They demanded that the proposed autonomous institute for sign language research and training should, instead of being placed under another institute, be managed by concerned experts dealing with hearing impairment as well as by representatives of the Association of the deaf.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave the deputation a patient hearing and said, the number of persons suffering from hearing impairment in India has gone up in recent years and even though the official census placed their number at 5 million, some of the other surveys have placed their number at much higher figure. In this background, he said, special consideration has to be given to the peculiar requirements of this section of society, so that their talent and aptitudes can be put to the best use and their potential can be exploited in the best possible manner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he has understood the contention expressed by the representatives of NAD that Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped deals more with therapeutic management like cochlear implant, etc., to restore hearing and may not be actually imparting the non-pharmaceutical training like sign language, etc. He would, therefore, take up the issue and try to find a way out, he said.

The Honorable Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office Dr. Rajendra Singh met with the same delegation which met the Minister of Social Justice on 5th. Dr. Singh gave us a very patient hearing and gave us very positive assurance. Dr. Singh who is a medical professor turned minister worked as a Professor of diabetic medicines before joining politics. His academic and medical background took no time to understand how critical it is to mix language with therapeautic and clinical services. the language of the text may look wired to west but for us Indians it is a long overdue outcome. I would like to tell you that Secretary of Department of Empowerment of PWD Sh. Lov Verma and Joint secretary Sh. A. K. Awasthi played an important role to brief the minister in a very positive way (while we were waiting on meeting table). Many thanks to the two friend of deaf people. On 5th after meeting the minister Secretary Sh. Lov Verma set with us for long and we did not miss this opportunity to talk him over various issues and about who deaf people are on the street. Shri Lov Verma had joined the ministry in February and had no background knowledge about the sign language users, deaf community, deaf culture. However after our talk and seeing the huge crowd he realised how valid is our demands. He seems to be a efficient man and we expect him to work with us from now on. The huge crowd was the first big help to force the Minister of social justice to leave parliament and meet us and promise us to take us to priminister office in 15 days but within 24 hours we got phone call to meet the Minister Dr. Singh. The chain of events and outcomes suggests that we worked very organised way for the first time with unity and vigour. Thank you all for your supports. Long live our team leader Shri A.S. Narayanan. We look forward to the official circular/order stating that our 3 demands are met and ISLRTC is officially autonomous.

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Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances Pensions 08-May-2015 18:00 IST

Government to consider Institute for impaired hearing: Dr Jitendra

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Government will sympathetically consider setting up Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre as an independent body for the benefit of those suffering from impaired hearing. He was talking to a delegation of “National Association of the Deaf” (NAD) led by its Secretary, Shri A.S. Narayanan, who requested for withdrawal of the order placing the proposed Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre under Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH). They demanded that the proposed autonomous institute for sign language research and training should, instead of being placed under another institute, be managed by concerned experts dealing with hearing impairment as well as by representatives of the Association of the deaf.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave the deputation a patient hearing and said, the number of persons suffering from hearing impairment in India has gone up in recent years and even though the official census placed their number at 5 million, some of the other surveys have placed their number at much higher figure. In this background, he said, special consideration has to be given to the peculiar requirements of this section of society, so that their talent and aptitudes can be put to the best use and their potential can be exploited in the best possible manner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he has understood the contention expressed by the representatives of NAD that Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped deals more with therapeutic management like cochlear implant, etc., to restore hearing and may not be actually imparting the non-pharmaceutical training like sign language, etc. He would, therefore, take up the issue and try to find a way out, he said.

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