Showing posts with label Accessible India Campaign. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Accessible India Campaign. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vigyan Bhawan, AIIMS, Feroz Shah Kotla… can’t go anywhere

Bindu Shajan Perappadan,  February 27, 2017 21:42 IST

Two key buildings in Delhi — Vigyan Bhawan and Social Welfare Department (GNCTD) — are inaccessible to people with disabilities.Ironically, the President presents national awards to differently-abled  persons at Vigyan Bhawan and the Social Welfare Department is a two-storey building meant for their welfare, says  physician and disability rights activist Satendra Singh, summing up the state of inclusion of accessibility for the differently-abled in the Capital.Speaking about his own “struggle”, Dr. Singh, who has 70% orthopaedic disability, says: “I have to travel 4 km from GTB Hospital (his office) to Suryanagar to use the post office as the one on the hospital campus is on the first floor and there is no lift. I have to file a case in Disability Court against my Medical Director to make the post office and bank accessible.”The lack of access to essential services remains a source of discrimination and lost opportunities for the disabled, says the doctor.The list of inaccessible buildings in the Capital includes premier hospitals as well.“

Despite my petition, AIIMS Delhi remains inaccessible to people with disabilities. The New Delhi railway station doesn’t have a lift connecting to the platforms and escalators are not disabled-friendly. Though there are low-floor buses, have you ever seen a wheelchair-user travelling in them,’’ he asks. Most irritating, he says, is the fact that entertainment is beyond the reach of the disabled. “Neither cinema halls nor Firoz Shah Kotla is accessible,’’ he says. 

Inaccessibility is not restricted to wheelchair-users only, says disability rights lawyer and access consultant Subhash Chandra Vashishth. According to him, to realise the mandate of inclusive and accessible public infrastructure, all public spaces need to be conceived, designed and developed keeping diversity of users in mind.

Dr. G.N. Karna, a research officer and honorary president of the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, says there is a need to improve the monitoring of implementation of various policies, including the yet-to-be notified Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016.

Source: The Hindu 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Accessible India Campaign / सुगम्य भारत अभियान

Following Information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23 Dec 2014:

Accessible India Campaign (सुगम्य भारतअभियान ) is the nationwide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for all citizens including Persons with Disabilities, to be able to gain access and live independently. The Accessible India Campaign comprises of the following key components:-

(i) Create Mass Awareness
(ii) Capacity Building
(iii) Interventions (Technology solutions, Legal framework, Resource generation)
(iv) Leverage corporate sector efforts including CSR resources.
(v) Leadership endorsements

Section 44, 45 and 46 of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) Act, 1995 deals with non-discrimination in transport, non-discrimination on the road and non-discrimination in the built environment, respectively. All the Establishments, appropriate Governments and the local authorities are mandated by these provisions of the PwD Act to take, within the limits of their economic capacity, measures for providing easy accessibility for persons with disabilities in a non-discriminatory manner.

The Ministry as well as the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) from time to time request the State Govts./UT Administrations for providing barrier free access to public places by constructing ramps, lifts and railings.

Vide letter dated 24.01.2012, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) had written to all the Chief Secretaries of the States/UT Administrations among other things to take concrete and time bound steps to enforce accessibility standards and guidelines.

CCPD also takes up with the concerned State Govts./authorities as and when non-availability of facilities for access to public places for persons with disabilities comes to their notice.

The Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities of the concerned States are also requested to follow up with their respective State Govts./UT Administrations.

A letter dated 8.07.2014 has also been sent from Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment to the Chief Ministers of all States requesting them to issue suitable directions to all concerned for taking appropriate measures in concrete and time-bound manner for incorporation of barrier free access to all public buildings and transportation. They have also been requested that similar provisions may be made in local municipal/building bye-laws.

Moreover, under the Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 (SIPDA), Ministry provides Grants-in-aids to all States/UTs to provide barrier free environment in important Government buildings (State Secretariat, other important State level offices, Collectorates, State University Buildings/ Campuses, Medical Colleges and Main Hospitals at Divisional Headquarters, other important Government buildings), for Persons with Disabilities as per Section 46 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation of Rights) Act, 1995 (PwD Act). This includes provision for ramps, rails, lifts, adaptation of toilets for wheelchair users, brail signage and auditory signals, tactile flooring, etc.