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‘Uphold rights of the disabled'

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Seeking action:A protest being staged in Mysore on Thursday in support of the demands of persons with disabilities.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Seeking action:A protest being staged in Mysore on Thursday in support of the demands of persons with disabilities.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Members of the Karnataka State Handicapped Forum have urged the Government to implement various provisions meant for their welfare and uphold the rights of persons with physical disabilities.

Forum members staged a demonstration here on Thursday and urged the Government to constitute a separate machinery headed by an officer of the IAS rank to oversee the implementation of the provisions due to them.

They called for filling vacant posts and the backlog posts reserved for persons with disabilities in government departments and demanded implementation of the 3 per cent reservation for such persons.

‘Take over functioning'

The forum said the practice of operating District Disabled Rehabilitation Centres through the Red Cross should be stopped and the State Government should take over their functioning.

It also called for a comprehensive survey of persons with physical disabilities in the State and urged the Department of Public Instruction to immediately appointment visually impaired teachers to not only special schools but also for conventional schools.

Placing a set of demands pertaining to the district, the forum members urged the Deputy Commissioner to conduct a monthly meeting to resolve grievances of persons with physical disabilities. The forum also sought BPL cards and Antyodaya cards for such persons in the district apart from houses under Ashraya scheme or Indira Awaas Yojana.

Representatives of the Karnataka State Handicapped Forum, members of the National Blind Federation, Mysore, Karnataka Deaf Association, Mysore District Handicapped Federation, SICHREM, and Human Rights Institute participated.

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