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Volume 4 Issue 9May 01, 2006
- ‘Affirmative Action for All’ – None for Disabled!
A look at the recent headlines in some of India’s leading national dailies speaks volumes about the scant attention that is being paid to disability. A closer look at these stories also seems to suggest that all the work that disability sector has done in the last ten years to bring disability on par with other marginalised groups in India has been completely ignored, says Meenu Bhambani.
- Hemophilia is a human rights issue: Ranjit Mookerji
“There is no mention of Hemophilia in the government health schemes. We feel that hemophilia is a human rights issue because every human being has a right to proper health care,” says Ranjit Mookerji, Executive Director, Hemophilia Federation, India, in an interview to Nivedita Datta.
- Rajasthan Government provides 3 % reservation for disabled people in R.J.S.
D.N.I.S. News Network - The Government of Rajasthan has finally given three percent reservation to the Persons with Disabilities in the Rajasthan Judicial Services (R.J.S.). The High Court pulled up the State Government for its non-compliance and expressed displeasure for not abiding by the provisions made under the Persons with Disability Act, 1995.
- Bihar Government to appoint State Commissioner for Disability
D.N.I.S. News Network - The National Democratic Alliance (N.D.A.) Government in Bihar, headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has decided to bring some hope to disabled people by announcing that the State Government will appoint a Commissioner to oversee and ensure implementation of three per cent reservation in jobs and other facilities. The State Government will open the Office of Disability Commissioner at the State Capital. District Collectors, at various District Headquarters, would be nominated as Nodal Officers on Disability.
- N.C.E.R.T.’s Action Plan for ‘School for All’
In yet another step to include disabled people in the mainstream, the National Focus Group on Special Needs education, an institute formed by National Council of Education Research and Training (N.C.E.R.T.), is preparing an elaborate action plan to streamline the education system to accommodate thousands of disabled children across the country. The concept has been named ‘School for All’. This project is in its final stages and would shortly be sent to the Ministry of Human Resource Development and N.C.E.R.T. authorities for their final approval.
- South D.L.U. files petition against Culture and Religious Endowments Department, T.N.
South DLU files petition against Culture and Religious Endowments Department, T.N., targeting access to temples
- Chennai High Court gives nod to Low Floor Buses
Chennai High Court judges dismissed the idea of lift-attached buses terming the option as ‘not feasible’ on the ground that its slow operation would delay the commuting of the other passengers. Instead they put forth the idea of introducing the low-floor buses for disabled people in Chennai.
- ‘We don't have the money to provide you with all your rights': Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu
In a shocking incident, the Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu recently displayed discourtesy toward a delegation of disability activists, while also exposing a total lack of concern for the needs of disabled people in exercising their right to vote.
- National Capital Region gets round-the-clock disability helpline
A major reason for disabled people not being able to avail benefits entitled to them under government schemes and policies is the lack of awareness or access to information about them. A 24-hour telephone service inaugurated recently by Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar marks a beginning for addressing this problem.
- Hemophiliacs demand adequate funds and medical facility
The lack of awareness, prohibitive cost of medical treatment and meagre government funding have made life difficult for an estimated 50,000 people affected by Hemophilia in India. The permanent blood disorder and unavailability of adequate support facilities have a disabling effect for people affected by it.
- Experiences of the Disability Movement shared in the Arab world
Executive Director of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People Javed Abidi recently visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the invitation of Prince Salman Centre for Disability Research, Riyadh.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offers hope to cerebral palsy affected people
In a promising development for people affected by Cerebral Palsy, a therapy involving inhalation of pure oxygen by a person affected by the developmental disorder has shown the impact of increasing brain function and hence improving chances of rehabilitation.