Governor, Minister review problems relating to specially-abled persons -
Governor, Minister review problems relating to specially-abled persons
Posted 27 Sep 2017 03:55 PM

Consequent to discussions on several earlier occasions with NGOs and social activists who are operating in the Disability arena, Governor N.N. Vohra, Sajad Gani Lone, Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Science and Technology and B.B Vyas, Chief Secretary, held an extensive meeting here to discuss important outstanding issues and demands relating to specially-abled persons in the State.

The meeting was attended by Sajad Ahmad Khan, Commissioner, Social Welfare Department; Mohammad Iqbal Lone, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities; Ms Shamima Noor, Principal, Deaf and Dumb School; Javed Ahmad Tak, Chairman, Humanity Welfare Organization Helpline, Anantnag; Abdul Rashid Bhat, President, J&K Handicapped Association; and Arajmand Makhdoomi, Founder President, Chotay Taray Foundation, Srinagar.

During the meeting detailed discussions were held regarding issues relating to the entire range of problems being faced by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) like allotment of a suitable school building for setting up schools for PwDs at Jammu and Srinagar with adequate hostel and all other required facilities, ambulance facilities; setting up of offices at District level; Legislation on the lines of Central Disability Act, 2016 to be finalised; taking note of the difficulties being faced by PwDs for lack of ramps in Government buildings; Chief Secretary informed that funds for making 147 already identified buildings disability friendly, DPRs for modification of 67 more buildings have been approved while 7 buildings have already been made PwDs friendly; Governor observed that this important project should be implemented in a time bound manner and Minister SWD agreed to monitor progress; possibility of making all ATMs disability friendly.

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