Mizoram constitutes only 0.09% of India’s total population and ranks 29th in terms of population among all States and UTs of the country. Mizoram with a literacy rate of 91.33% ranks 3rd in the country. The area of Mizoram State is 21,081 Sq. Km and there are 8 Districts. The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 was implemented in Mizoram with effect from 2nd February, 1996. As required under Section 73(1), The Mizoram Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Rules, 1999 was notified vide Gazette Notification No. H. 13016/20/97-SWD dt: 12th August, 1999.

The office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities was established on 1st June, 2012. Full time State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities is Ms. Vanlaldiki Sailo. The main role of the office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities is to monitor and supervise the implementation of various provisions under the Persons with Disability Act, 1995 and to see that grievances are redressed.

As per 2011 Census, the population of Mizoram is 10,97,206 and out of the total population, the population of Persons with Disabilities is 15,160 (1.38%). Mobile Assessment & Certification camps were regularly conducted with effect from 2009 jointly with Health Department, SCERT, NIOH, SSA and Social Welfare Department at Districts, Sub-Divisional Hqrs, Blocks and selected places within the cities and selected villages. As a result, the number of disability certificates and ID cards issued in the State upto 10.11.2016 is 10,134 which is 67%.

 

Break-up of disability in the State is given as follows :-

Sl. no. Type of Disability Number

1.

Orthopaedically Handicapped (O.H)1,976
2.Mental Retardation (M.R)1,585
3.Visually Impaired (V.I)2,035
4.Hearing Impaired (H.I)3,354
5.Speech1,163
6.Mental Illness (M.I)1,050
7.Multiple Disability2,083
8.Any other1,914

Total :15,160

 (Percentage : 1.38%) 

 Rural : 8,627 nos. Urban : 6,533 nos. Total : 15,160 nos.