Chandigarh: In order to bring disable persons in the mainstream of the society, Haryana government has banned the use of word ‘handicapped’ as the word “prods” the dignity of disabled persons.

Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department has issued a letter to all the departments, Commissioners, Registrars and District Deputy Commissioners apprising about the banning of the word.

“The expression 'handicapped' was against the spirit of the Constitution, the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, and, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which India was also a state party” said state Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Geeta Bhukkal.

He also said that the word “differently abled” too will not be used suggesting national institutes like National Institute for Hearing Handicapped, National Institute for the Visually Handicapped should be renamed aptly.

Bhukkal said that instructions against the word have been given to subordinate employees and officers so that disabled working in the government departments can feel proud of themselves.