The Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG), an organisation backing people with disabilities, will take up with the State Disability Commissioner and the Social Welfare Department the various grievances brought up by participants at the ‘disability grievances camps’ held on Saturday.

DRAG held the camps in the city and at Margao, providing a platform to persons with disabilities to discuss their complaints. Around 60 persons attended the camp in both the places, said Avelino De Sa, president, DRAG.

Listing the complaints, Mr. De Sa said on Monday that prize money of around Rs. 1 lakh per student was pending to be paid to 14 medal winners of Special Olympics held in August 2011. Another grievance was that “reserved” seats for the disabled in buses were not being implemented strictly. Interview board and medical board do not provide a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired. The Directorate of Transport was not issuing licences for the hearing impaired despite High Court orders, Mr. De Sa said.

There were suggestions such as extending the government scheme of Free Laptop to children with problems in writing, separate days at government offices to deal with complaints from disabled persons and a government scheme for sheltered workshops and private employment.

  • Medal winners of Special Olympics 2011 have not got their prize money

  • Complaints include lack of reserved seats in buses, no facilities for hearing impaired