With an aim to empower specially abled ‘Divyang’ artisans and entrepreneurs, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India is hosting an event titled ‘Divya Kala Mela’. The 10-day event starting today is going on at Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
The event, which provides a platform for marketing and showcasing the products and skills of Divyangjan (PwD), would showcase diverse products from various parts of the country from Jammu and Kashmir to North Eastern states to South, West and East. These include handicrafts, handlooms, embroidery works, packaged food and other items.
Prior to this, the Divya Kala Mela has been hosted in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Guwahati Indore, Jaipur and Varanasi. The ongoing event at Secunderabad will conclude on 15th October.
What to expect
Around 100 Divyang artisans and entrepreneurs from about 20 states and Union Territories across the country are showcasing their products and skills at the do. These include items in categories like home décor & lifestyle, clothing, stationery, eco-friendly products, packaged food and organic products, toys & gifts, personal accessories like jewellery, clutch bags etc. It will be an opportunity for all to shop local and support the specially abled artisans.
The 10 Days ‘Divya Kala Mela’, be open from 10.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M.. Apart from exhibition and sale of products, the event will also witness a series of cultural activities, including performances by Divyangjan artists and famous professionals. Visitors can also enjoy mouth-watering delicacies from various regions of the country at the event.
Atal Bihari Training Centre for Disability Sports
The Government of India keeps taking initiatives to empower the specially abled ‘Divyangjan’. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first high-tech sports training centre for Divyangjan, named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. The Prime Minister also launched several other initiatives during the event.
The Atal Bihari Training Centre for Disability Sports is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to training and nurturing athletes with disabilities. It is an Autonomous body established by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India.
It houses world-class infrastructure and coaching staff to provide the best possible training environment for differently-abled athletes. The cabinet has approved a budget of 151.16 cores, at an area of 34 acres, for setup of the Centre.
Aims and Objectives of the centre:
1.To establish a state-of-the-art international level Centre of Excellence for sports for para sportspersons (PwDs) with fully accessibility as per norms.
2.To create specialized sports infrastructure so that the para sports persons can undergo rigorous and specialized training in the Centre.
3.To provide training facilities for Divyang sportspersons at par with the latest such facilities available elsewhere in the world.
4.To ensure participation of Divyangjan in sports activities in greater numbers and enable them to effectively compete in international events.
5.To help build confidence and develop a sense of belonging in Divyangjan to facilitate their integration in Society.