Activists of the Karnataka Rajya Angavikalara Okkoota took out a procession and staged a dharna urging the Government to allocate separate funds for the welfare of persons with disabilities, and chalk out schemes to provide houses and employment to them.
The activists went in a procession from the district stadium and reached the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Monday. They staged a dharna on the office premises and submitted a memorandum, addressed to the Chief Minister, to the district administration.
Mohammed Hussain Sab, president of the taluk unit of the okkoota, said the Government was meting out step-motherly treatment to persons with disabilities. It had not chalked out any special schemes for their welfare. It had also failed to announce any employment generating programmes.
He said that the okkoota had organised several agitations in the past demanding that the Government take action to safeguard the interests of persons with disabilities. They had been demanding that the Government issue an order reserving some grants at the taluk and gram panchayats exclusively for the welfare of the section.
They had also urged the Government to announce a quota for persons with disabilities while allocating houses to the poor under various schemes, but there was no response..
He demanded that the Government issue directions to tahsildars to conduct monthly meetings for persons with disabilities where they could articulate their problems. It should also direct the zilla panchayat to provide employment to persons with disabilities from poor families while implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, he said.