New Delhi, Sep 23 : Government is committed to bringing all Divyangjans in to mainstream, Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said here on Monday.
It was stated by the Minister during a programme to celebrate ‘Sign Language Day’. ‘Sign Language Day’ was celebrated by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), an autonomous body under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Mr Gehlot was the Chief Guest and Ministers of State for SJ&E Krishan Pal Gurjar and Rattan Lal Kataria were the Guests of Honour. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gehlot said the Government is committed to bringing all Divyangjans in to mainstream. He applauded ISLRTC for bringing out a Dictionary of 6000 Sign Language words and hoped that 4000 more new Sign Words will be added in to it by 2020.
Sign Languages have an ancient history and now a days these are being developed in a modern manner. Efforts are also on to bring uniformity in these sign languages at national and international level. He dwelt upon many initiatives of his ministry for the welfare of Divyangjans.
In his address, Mr Gurjar said the sign languages are the medium of communication among people with hearing disability. Even in ancient times, when vocal languages were not developed, people used to communicate through sign languages.
Mr Kataria in his address, said sign languages are very enriched languages. ''When we talk of Sign Languages, we talk of the culture of their countries.'' He praised the efforts of ISLRTC for doing commendable service to the people with hearing disability.
The award distribution ceremony for the winners of the second Indian Sign Language Competition 2019 was conducted during the programme. For the competition, entries were invited from children with hearing disability on jokes, stories and essays in Indian Sign Language, studying in Delhi-NCR. The students have showcased their creativity and knowledge in their submissions.
The programme included cultural performances like drama and songs in ISL by the students and faculty members of ISLRTC and presentation of awards to children with hearing disability. United Nations has declared September 23 as International Sign Language Day. This day was formally accepted by the United Nations Assembly on December 19, 2017. The theme of this year is ''Sign Language-Rights for all''. The objective of celebrating the sign language day is enhancing the awareness of sign language and making the reach of sign language to everyone. (UNI)