K.V. Rajanna, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, has said that ramps in most government offices are not built correctly, making it difficult for people with disabilities to use them.
Mr. Rajanna was speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday after chairing a meeting with district officials. The commission has got reports that 70 per cent of the ramps in government schools are not up to the set standards, she added.
Ramps constructed at the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Hasanamba Kalakshetra and many other government buildings in Hassan are constructed in such a way that they cannot be used with ease by people with disabilities. They need to take other people’s help if they have to use the ramp, he said.
“The simple formula is to design the ramp in a way that the length of the slope should be 10 times of the height. If an elevated place is a foot high from the ground level, the slope should start at about 10 ft away from the base of the elevated place. While constructing ramps, this formula is not being followed,” he said.
Commenting on the bad design of the ramps, Mr. Rajanna opined that those prejudiced against people with disabilities had designed such ramps. “There is a notion among many people that people with disabilities should not go out but should stay at home always. Such minds have designed these ramps”, he alleged.
The commissioner said that he had directed the officers to demolish all the unscientific ramps and construct them again according to the set standards, he added. Mr. Rajanna said that the State government had issued an order on November 27, 2012, according to which three per cent of the posts in groups A and B categories, and five per cent of the posts in C and D categories in government undertakings and grant-in-aid institutions would be reserved for people with disabilities. He added that eligible candidates should make use of this opportunity.