Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that people with disability need to be treated with empathy and not sympathy.
“People with disability need to be treated with empathy and not sympathy. They do not want to be pitied upon but want to be provided with opportunities that will enable them to overcome their handicaps,” Naidu said in Guwahati.
The Vice President said this while launching the Deen Dayal Divyanga Sahajya Achani in a programme at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“A disability is a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to usual standard of an individual of their group. It could be physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, mental illness and could relate to any of chronic diseases,” Naidu added.
The Vice President in his speech further exhorted the people to Assam to speak Assamese language.
“Everybody should speak Assamese. Preference should be given to mother tongue,” he said.
He also termed Assam’s boxing star Ankushita Boro as the second Mary Kom of the country.
Earlier in the day, the Vice President paid floral tributes and homage to the former President Dr Rajendra Prasad in Guwahati, on the occasion of his 133rd birth anniversary.