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Volume 4 Issue 7

April 01, 2006

Feature


  • Assembly elections spur disabled people to demand accessible voting

    The journey towards creating a political space for disabled people has been tough as elections after elections, neither the Election Commission nor the mainstream polity of the nation have shown adequate seriousness to allow disabled people to exercise their franchise in a dignified and accessible manner, writes Meenu Bhambhani.

Interview


  • Disabled people demand accessible voting process: Voices from the ground

    Ahead of polling for the five State Assemblies later this month, Parvinder Singh spoke to disability activists who are battling hard to make polling process accessible for disabled people. This is what they had to say on their struggle for the implementation of their right to accessible voting process, which has eluded them even after five decades of democracy, a decade of Disability Act and a standing order by the Supreme Court.

News


  • Social Justice March by National Disabled Party gathers steam; To arrive in Delhi on 16 April

    While the mainstream political parties are busy with their slug-fests ahead of assembly polls in five states, a 600-km Social Justice March by a team of disabled activists from a political party, exclusively espousing the rights of disabled people, is gathering steam before its culmination in the national capital in the middle of next month.


  • D.o.P.T. claims extra attempts for disabled candidates will amount to unfair advantage

    In the ongoing hearing on a Public Interest Litigation in Delhi High Court seeking an extension in the number of attempts allowed to disabled candidates, on the lines of norms for other reserved categories appearing for Civil Services Examination, the Department of Personnel and Training (D.o.P.T.) has filed an affidavit claiming that such a provision will provide an unfair advantage to disabled candidates over other candidates.


  • G.A.I.L. takes back two of the four sacked disabled employees

    In a style that the disability sector has come to expect from the G.A.I.L. (Gas Authority of India Limited) Chairman and Managing Director, Prashanto Banerjee, over the past one year, two of the four disabled employees --Pushpa Kumari and Anju Thapliyal-- sacked in 2005 by the public sector undertaking have been reselected for joining the company while the two other have been left out.


  • National Conference on Accessible Transportation held in Delhi

    International experts, disabled user groups, advocacy organisation, government bodies and academicians got together in the National Capital to discuss the issue of accessible transport and issues related to its materialisation in India at a national conference.


  • Disability and Law Workshop held in Bhubaneswar

    A daylong Disability and Law Workshop was held recently in Bhubaneswar to brainstorm on the issue of creating greater awareness vis-à-vis rights of disabled people enshrined in the decade old Disability Act and evoking an active participation of the legal fraternity in playing an active role in this process.


  • Unemployment allowance of Rs. 350 per month for disabled people in Delhi

    Ten years after the Disability Act mandated that the state governments must notify schemes for unemployment allowance to disabled people registered with the Special Employment Exchange for over two years, the Delhi Government has finally introduced a monthly unemployment allowance of Rs. 350.

  • Blind boy creates software for writing Braille in Devanagari

    Imagine placing your future in the hands of a total stranger on the day of the most important exam of your life, only because you cannot read and write the conventional way and need someone else to do it for you.


  • Cricket for visually-impaired being ignored by B.C.C.I. says A.C.B.I.

    While the immensely rich Board of Cricket Control in India (B.C.C.I.) continues to spend astronomical amount of money on promotion of Indian Cricket, the Association of Cricket for the Blind in India (A.C.B.I.) has once again raised the issue of lack of financial support and recognition for blind cricket.

  • Delhi Metro and Samarthaya defensive on N.C.P.E.D.P access audit claim

    Resorting to tokenism and official formality by the Government and its agencies has become a blight for India’s disability sector, particularly when it comes to the implementation of rights of disabled people enshrined in the Disability Act, 1995.

  • Retired disabled Army officers burn their artificial limbs as a mark of protest

    Some retired disabled Army officers burnt their artificial limbs in front of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in the National Capital recently to protest against apathy shown towards them by the Government despite their selfless sacrifice in the line of duty.


  • Theatre is the most inclusive subject as it challenges both disabled and non-disabled

    The stereotype of success and ability enforced through schools and colleges lead to a scuttling of learning through expression of human face, body and sound, says veteran theatre personality Steve Clorfeine.

  • 24 million Indians with low-vision treatment left out of Government’s health policy

    India is home to an estimated 13 million blind people and according to recent indicators this isn’t getting any better as 24 million people in India require low-vision treatment and hence are bordering on acute to total vision loss.