The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Thursday launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign language, featuring disabled and partially disabled children at Films Division Auditorium in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion HRD Minister Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision that India’s development will be complete when our divyangjan become an integral part of it and come forward in the nation building.
HRD Minister further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested that the term 'divyang' (divine body) instead of 'viklang' be used for persons with disability. He further said that we must create an environment for the disabled people by which they can be able to earn a livelihood and live an independent life like any other citizen. It is our responsibility to mainstream them into all walks of life and to make things accessible to them so that they can be fully integrated into national life.
He praised the government for its decision on the reservation in vacancies in government establishments to increase it from 3% to 4% for certain persons or class of persons with benchmark disability. He appreciated the efforts of the organizers and wished them all the success in future endeavors.
Notably, the video features Amitabh Bachchan along with children with disability singing the National Anthem in sign language at the backdrop of the Majestic Red Fort. The film is conceptualized by Satish Kapoor, Founder Director, We Care Film Festival. We Care Film Festival produced the Film under the aegis of Brotherhood, an NGO. It is directed by Govind Nihalani and the music is scored by late Aadesh Shrivastava.