health minister kk Shailaja in a press note said “The national award is in recognition of the work done by the state for protecting the rights of people with disabilities and also empowering them. Perhaps the award will be handed over by the President of india at delhi Vigyan Bhavan on december 3, international Day of Persons With Disabilities”. Furthermore the minister, who is popularly known as Shailaja teacher, said that the award is in recognition of the new projects undertaken by the government for the welfare of people with disabilities.
Even though there have been several awards won by individuals and institutions from kerala before, it is the first time that the best state award has been given. Further the minister also said that it is recognition of the work done by the entire health Department. Perhaps the State Commissionerate for Persons with Disabilities is formed by various agencies that come under the Social Justice Department.
Moreover the work of the various agencies includes that of the district Early Intervention Centre which does the initial intervention in preventing development delays and disabilities, interventions by NISH and NIPMR, consolidated educational programs, ensuring education of all children with disabilities, scholarship projects, development of special talents, job reservation, barrier free kerala programs, and self defence programs and so on.