Right activist Shanker Salve, who won a landmark case in the Supreme Court for mandatory easy access of disabled persons to election booths, is disheartened with the manner in which the state government has made arrangements for the physically challenged.
According to the October 2007 Supreme Court order, every election booth with at least five handicap voters in the constituency is liable to have a wheel-chair ramp and braille stickers on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
However, activists claim many voting booths across the city are yet to implement the SC order.
“We surveyed many voting booths and found that a weak wooden plank has been installed in the name of a ramp. It is not safe for handicapped persons to climb on the wobbling wooden plank,” Shanker Salve said.
Mr. Salve, a physically handicapped activist who runs the Apang Vikas Manch, alleged that although funds were allocated to set up ramps in every booth, the money was siphoned off.
“A ramp of specified norm has to be installed in every booth. But the officers flout the norm,” Mr. Salve said.