They seek three per cent reservation in elected bodies
Differently-abled persons in the district took out a motorcycle procession in Erode on Wednesday seeking three per cent reservation in State assemblies, Parliament and local bodies in the country.
Protesting under the banner of Erode District Differently-abled Persons Welfare Association, they said persons with disabilities constituted 10 percent of the total population in the country.
The successive governments at the Centre and the States had failed to bring in effective measures for the education, employment and welfare of the differently-abled persons, they pointed out.
The governments were not taking the views of the differently-abled during the planning and implementation of various programmes.
As a result, none of the government programmes for the welfare of persons with disabilities yielded any positive results and helped the persons to enhance their quality of life.
Unless the differently-abled were elected to the legislature and Parliament, their plight would not be highlighted, association members said.
All political parties should consider reserving seats in the Assembly and Parliament for persons with different abilities, they demanded.
The procession, which was flagged off at the Panneerselvam Park junction, passed through important roads in the district before culminating at the bus stand in Kodumudi.