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Volume 5 Issue 4February 15, 2007
- Partners reconfirm their faith in the spirit of N.D.N. and D.N.I.S.
It is the 10th year of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) and the Disability Act. It is a good time for us to look back before we look ahead. So we have done a critical analysis of both National Disability Network (N.D.N.) and Disability News and Information Service (D.N.I.S.), the two tools on which the organisation’s work is based. The task was assigned to Meenu Bhambhani, and here she captures the essence of her Evaluation Report.
- "We are working on a rights based approach in all our projects:" Karen Reiff
De Samvirkende Invalideorganisationer (D.S.I.), the only Danish umbrella organisation in the field of disability, has been a partner and supporter of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) for many years. Within Denmark, D.S.I.’s objective is to improve the living conditions of disabled people, and in the international arena, it is committed to the advancement of equal opportunities for disabled people. It has been involved with projects in Africa, Asia, Kosovo and Estonia. Karen Reiff, Head of the International Department, D.S.I., was in India for the Strategy Workshop organised in Jaipur by N.C.P.E.D.P., and here she shares her views and experiences with Chitra S. Shankar, in an interview for D.N.I.S.
- N.C.P.E.D.P. organises Strategy Workshop in Jaipur
D.N.I.S. News Network – National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) organised a Strategy Workshop in Jaipur from 12 – 13 February 2007, to discuss the evaluation of D.S.I. supported project ‘Building a collective voice of disabled people in India through networking, awareness raising and advocacy’. The focus was on generating ideas for the future project activities and on finding ways in which National Disability Network (N.D.N.) and Disability News and Information Service (D.N.I.S.) could be further strengthened and improved.
- Educate and empower disabled people: The voice of ‘India Poised’
D.N.I.S. News Network - One of the major points that have emerged from The Times of India’s (T.O.I.’s) ‘India Poised’ campaign launched on 01 January 2007 is that access to public places for disabled people must be recognised as a right, not a favour; that the Private Sector should be given fiscal incentives; that society needs sensitisation with regard to needs of disabled people; and that there is no need for more Government policies, but the proper implementation of those that already exist on paper. Of those surveyed on topics of education and empowerment of disabled people, 45 per cent said that fiscal incentives should be given to the private sector; and 32 per cent voted for access for disabled people.
- G.P.D.D. Task Force holds meeting in Delhi
D.N.I.S. News Network – The Global Partnership for Disability & Development (G.P.D.D.) Task Force held a planning meeting in New Delhi from 29 January – 02 February 2007, at the invitation of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
- Disabled Civil Services candidate gets relief; C.I.C. slaps fine on Government
D.N.I.S. News Network – The Central Information Commission (C.I.C.) ordered compensation for a disabled Civil Services candidate who had been deprived of a job despite having cleared the exams. Further, it has slapped a fine of Rs. 25,000 on the Government. The penalty was imposed in a stringent order on a Public Information Officer at the Department of Personnel and Training (D.o.P.T.) for his failure to respond to Kumar Avikal Manu’s request under the Right to Information (R.T.I.) Act asking for the status of his appointment.
- Stop purchase of buses till Govt. finalises disabled-friendly model: Delhi H.C.
D.N.I.S. News Network – In a path-breaking move, the Delhi High Court (H.C.) has directed both public and private transport corporations in Delhi to hold further purchase of buses until the Government finalises and confirms its plan on a suitable model for disabled-friendly buses.
- Rajasthan sets example; Introduces low-floor buses in Kota
D.N.I.S. News Network – A fleet of 12 low-floor buses has been introduced in Kota, Rajasthan, as part of the State Government’s plan to implement the Bus Rapid Transit System (B.R.T.S.). Other major towns across the State may also get low-floor buses by June 2008.
- India accounts for half of world’s leprosy patients
D.N.I.S. News Network – Health officials claim that leprosy was eliminated as a public health problem in 2005, but Dr. S. K. Noordeen, President, International Leprosy Association says that though leprosy as a problem with its socio-economic implications has been eliminated significantly in the country and abroad, “India’s share of the global burden is still close to 50 per cent.” This speaks volumes for the state India is in with regard to eradication of leprosy.
- Braille E.V.M.s for visually impaired people
D.N.I.S. News Network – Visually impaired people in India may soon be able to exercise their franchise through Braille Electronic Voting Machines (E.V.M.s).
- Centre working on measures to strengthen office of C.C.P.D.
D.N.I.S. News Network – The Centre is said to be working on measures to strengthen the office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (C.C.P.D.) to ensure effective monitoring of the utilisation of allocated funds in the disability sector and better coordination with the State Governments.
- Government announces 22 schools for disabled children in Delhi
D.N.I.S. News Network – Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Renuka Chowdhury has announced that 22 schools devoted to ‘special’ children will soon come up in the Capital. And as a step to equip these schools, teachers from government schools have been trained and teachers from aided and private schools will be trained.