Shillong: Thirty-three-year-old Justipassing Ryntathiang from Mawblei couldn’t stop beaming. The entrepreneur who makes local items like mura (local chair) was the recipient of a mobility vehicle from the Meghalaya CM on Monday.

A Person With Disability (PWD), Ryntathiang from West Khasi Hills District recently won an award for an E-Challenge Entrepreneur programme.

After seeing the challenges he faced to move around to cope with his day to day life, CM Conrad Sangma had announced that the government will provide some mobility support to him. 

“A new technology was introduced to us by individuals in Chennai. The timing was very good; we are thankful to the entire team,” said Sangma.

The chief minister was hopeful that this mobility unit will help Ryntathiang and that his entrepreneurial ventures will also be an example to other differently-abled persons in the state. The wheelchair was bought under the Chief Minister’s Special Grant for Rs 90,000. 

Speaking with the media, Ryntathiang said he was very happy that the government has now eased his way of travelling since earlier he had to use his hands to walk. 

“I will need help since I don’t know how to use it. I think it will take some time to get used to it,” said Ryntathiang.

Speaking with EastMojo, Commissioner For Persons with Disability Sabrella Marak said there were many challenges faced by differently-abled persons, especially in rural areas. 

“There are many people who still need financial help and they need economic stability. There is a bank called the National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) exclusively through Apex Bank from where they can seek financial assistance,” said Marak.

According to Marak, the achievement for enrolling PWDs with UID cards in Meghalaya has come to around 60%. Through the UID cards, PWDs can avail different schemes.

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