Chennai

Forum for disabled to work against BJP, allies

The Joint Action Committee of Persons with Disabilities Against Communal and Hate Politics announced on Thursday that it would be appealing to the disabled to not support the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies.

T.M.N. Deepak, an academician and activist, said that persons with disabilities were being referred to as ‘Divyangjan’ or people with divine bodies by the Central government. “We don’t need any such special nomenclature and all we’ve been asking for is for our rights. However, there has been no proper implementation of schemes both in the Centre and the State. There have been constant protests through the last few years because there are so many issues while the government has turned a blind eye,” he said.

Several activists like him who lead associations and organisations which work towards disability rights came together to voice their concerns and said that the BJP’s manifesto in 2014 had assurances such as working towards a barrier-free environment and a disaggregated data base, which they alleged, have not moved beyond paper.

S. Namburajan, an activist, said instances of violence against the disabled had increased in Tamil Nadu. “The AIADMK has no regard for disability sector and State schemes have not been implemented in concurrence with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act,” he added. Aishwarya Rao, a public health specialist, said that there was no focus on women with disabilities as well.

The activists and members of the joint action committee said that they would be urging persons with disabilities to read all the manifestos of all the political parties before making an informed decision.

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