New Delhi: Odisha minister for social security and empowerment of PWD Ashok Chandra Panda demanded for establishment of a Centre for Disability Sports in Bhubaneswar.

Panda was speaking in the Central Advisory Board Meeting on Disability convened by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, here on Thursday. The meeting, which was attended by ministers from various States, was chaired by union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Ghelot

The Odisha minister also demanded for establishment of 2 Early Childhood Rehailitation Centres in Odisha.

The minister drew attention of the Center to sanction 3 District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRC) on the basis of the proposal sent by SSEPD Department in 2018-19.

Panda highlighted on the progress of activities of his department in the meeting. These include issuance of Universal Disability Identity Card (UDID), Integrated Infrastructure Centre for PWDs at Jatni.

He said that 117 out of 203 identified buildings in State Capital has been retrofitted under Assessable India Campaign from the state budget for access by PWDs. SSEPD department in Odisha has engaged Society for Social Audit, Accountability and Transparency (OSSAAT) for social audit. Government of Odisha has already framed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2018 and state advisory board has been constituted. Disability Pension in the State has made a remarkable progress, theminister added.