Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has emphasised the need to facilitate greater involvement of differently-abled persons in agriculture through indigenously developed modern assistive devices.

Inaugurating a four-day national symposium on “Disability Management in Agriculture and Farming” at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre here, he advocated introduction of an optional/extra paper on “Disability Management in Agriculture and Farming” as part of the curricula of Agriculture Sciences in Central and State universities and Indian Council of Agricultural Research-funded research institutes. “But more than that, what is required is to change the mind-sets of society.”

A thematic souvenir was also released by Dr. Ahluwalia.