Physically challenged stage protests seeking hike in monthly pension and political reservation
Nine activists of the Vikalangula Hakula Porata Samiti(VHPS) were taken into preventive custody by the police as a large number of physically-challenged persons laid a siege to the Collectorate here on Thursday to press their demands including hike in monthly pension to Rs. 1,500.
High drama was witnessed as the physically challenged persons who had come on tricycles, refused to budge from the Collectorate office.
Police had a tough time in evicting the leaders to the I Town police station.
Led by VHPS State general secretary A. Nagendram, they staged a sit-in protest pressing for a special legislation to end increasing incidents of sexual assaults on physically-challenged women.
The government was indifferent to their just demands even after a month-long stir, lamented VHPS Nellore district president Guduru Venkatramaiah.
“We are being treated as mere vote bank by politicians. Only when we get a chance to enter legislative bodies we will be able to get justice,” said a woman activist K. Sujatha.
In Ongole, activists of the Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti(MRPS) joined the protest and blocked vehicular traffic in-front of the Prakasam Bhavan.
Tension prevailed at the Collectorate for sometime as hundreds of physically challenged persons blocked entry into the Prakasam Bhavan and raised slogans pressing for seven per cent political reservations . They also demanded a separate Ministry for the welfare of the physically challenged. .
They condemned the government for its lukewarm response to their just demands even after their relay fast since January 2.
A delegation of MRPS and VHPS leaders led by MRPS State general secretary Usurpati Brahmaiah Madiga submitted a memorandum to Prakasam district Joint Collector P. Lakshminarasimhum.
The protestors, including VHPS State vice-president A. Suresh, district president P. Balu, district general secretary J. Balaji demanded allocation of land in Aluru for the physically challenged.
High drama was witnessed as the protesters who had come on tricycles, refused to budge from the
Collectorate office; separate Ministry sought for the welfare of physically challenged persons