Notice to Govt. on benefits for physically challenged

CHENNAI OCT. 3. The Madras High Court has taken up a representation to the Chief Justice by the Mylapore-based Clarke School for Deaf and the Mentally Retarded as a writ petition and ordered notice to the Government, returnable in two weeks.

During Justice B. Subhashan Reddy's visit to the school on September 27, a written request was made explaining the problems faced by the physically disabled students in obtaining free bus passes in the State Transport Corporation buses.

"There is a lot of protocol involved and the students as well as parents are put to great hardships before they can avail themselves of the free passes. We would be obliged if the deserving disabled pupils studying in the privately managed special schools could get scholarships on the same lines as those studying in the government-run special schools,'' the representation read.

The full Bench, including the Chief Justice, Justice V.S. Sirpurkar and Justice R. Jayasimha Babu ordered notice making it clear that "the matter to be adjudicated is not restricted only to physically handicapped children of a particular school, but it will be on a comprehensive basis for all the physically handicapped in the State. It relates not only to the bus pass, but to all the beneficial aspects relating to physically handicapped, including grant of scholarship''.

When the Advocate-General, N.R. Chandran, sought more time to get instructions from the Government, the Bench posted the matter after two weeks.

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