Special Correspondent

Plea to implement fare concessions

They demand adequate compensation

VILLUPURAM: The Villupuram District Physically Handicapped Social Service Welfare Association has taken a strong exception to the way in which the crew of the State Transport Corporation-run buses are treating the differently-abled persons.

In a statement released here, Association president M.Ramesh stated that the Villupuram division of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation had announced a fare concession to the differently-abled persons in all its bus services without any ceiling on the number of journeys to be undertaken by them.

The Corporation had clearly stated that it would charge only one-fourth of the original fare from the differently-abled persons and in this regard a notice had been circulated among the drivers and conductors.

In reality this had not yet come into force, he said. It was a matter of concern that many conductors were not aware of the notice and even if a copy of the order was shown to them they simply turn it down. The conductors were in the habit of abusing the differently-abled persons if they claimed fare concessions. If they insist upon their rights not to pay the full fare some conductors forcibly dropped them en route.

Therefore, Mr.Ramesh had appealed to the Managing Director of the Transport Corporation to ensure that necessary instructions were duly issued to all the bus crew so as to treat the differently-abled in a decent and dignified manner.

Mr.Ramesh said that his Association as well as other similar associations elsewhere in the State had voiced strong protest against the way in which the differently-abled and visually impaired persons were depicted in movies.

The associations had filed a case in the Chennai City Civil Court-V seeking a ban on the screening of the movie ‘Naan Kadavul’ and adequate compensation to the differently-abled for the damage caused to their reputation, Mr.Ramesh added.