Goa Church has appealed to disabled people to disclose their status to the enumeration officers who will visit their houses during decadal census beginning from 9th February.
“Census of a nation enables it to engage into organised planning which also ensures proper allocation of funds for the respective sections of the society,” said Fr. Valeriano Vaz, director, Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), a wing of Goa church.
In a press note issued on Monday, Fr Vaz said that incidentally, the Census 2001 indicates the number of disabled people at 2.1 per cent of our population, which according to international organisations is an improper figure.
“We are at the threshold of the Census 2011 which will begin on 9th February and go on till 28th February. In this regard, it is crucial that every disabled person be enrolled, so that proper statistics of the disabled is gathered in the nation,” he appealed.
He said that several local school teachers, anganwadi workers and other nominated personnel have been engaged for the task.
“Since they will visit each house, it would be important that those who provide the information do not miss on the Question Number nine from among the 30 odd questions, which specifically deals with the enrollment of the disabled,” Fr Vaz added.
The CSJP has said that one does not require producing a medical certificate, or national identity card or any other document to verify the disability. “In fact the 40 per cent disability criterion for entitlements to Government benefits is not applicable for enrollment. Even elderly people with any impairment or disability can be counted as disabled people,” reads the press note.
Fr Vaz also informed that Census information is only for planning purpose and is saved with confidentiality according to the law.