Dadeldhura, October 29
Majority of the people with disability in Dadeldhura district have been deprived of their identity cards due to extreme poverty.
Though the Woman Development Office, Dadeldhura had launched campaigns to distribute the ID cards in the villages, disabled locals were unable to get their cards as they did not have the money to get their photos clicked. The office added that some disabled were unable to pay vehicle fare to reach the campaign sites.
Woman Development Officer Sarada Bhattarai said it cost Rs 300 per person to get their photos clicked. “Many people left the campaign sites saying they did not have money to get their photos clicked,” she said.
Bhattarai further informed that two dozen disabled returned to their houses from the campaign site at Belapur VDC citing the same problem.
According to statistics at the women development office, the district has more than 5,100 disabled. Of them, only 2,900 have received ID cards.
“Though various national and international organisations spend a huge sum of money for disabled, the target group is unknown where the amount goes,” Bhattarai said.
A version of this article appears in print on October 30, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.