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Colleges to provide easy access to disabled soon, govt tells HC

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 10:49 -- geeta.nair

MUMBAI: The state government on Thursday told the Bombay high court that all educational institutions in Maharashtra  have been directed to conduct an audit of their buildings to check whether they have barrierfree access for differentlyabled individuals; if not, changes must be made within ayear to enable such access.

After Delhi HC order, RBI to ease identification of banknotes for visually challenged

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:03 -- geeta.nair

Pursuant to recommendations made before the Delhi High Court in April this year, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has intimated that it will be exploring ways to make identification of Indian currency easier for visually challenged persons.

To this end, the RBI has undertaken to develop suitable identification devices/mechanisms following consultation with stakeholders. Furthermore, the body is also expected to issue necessary guidelines within six months.

A statement issued by the RBI dated June 6 states,

For the visually impaired: LHC issues notice on plea for job quota

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:48 -- geeta.nair


Justice Shujaat Ali Khan of the Lahore High Court issued a notice to the Punjab government on a petition seeking an order to grant jobs to visually-impaired people who are protesting on the road for their rights.

Judicial Activism Panel, the petitioning NGO, filed the plea through its counsel. It was stated that every state deals with special people by taking the utmost care, but the situation is different in Pakistan. He added the visually-impaired are running from pillar to post for their basic rights.

Disabilities Act to cover 21 disabilities: Minister

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:33 -- geeta.nair

Chandigarh: Punjab minister of social security, women and child development, Razia Sultana on Tuesday said 21 disabilities would be covered under the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
Sultana chaired the first meeting of the state advisory board on disabilities constituted under the Act, on Tuesday.

Put proposals of visually impaired before RBI: HC

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:33 -- geeta.nair

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to place before the RBI suggestions made by the visually-impaired on ways to distinguish between various denominations of currency notes with help of features like cut edges or different shapes and sizes.

Central Administrative Tribunal order to post visually impaired

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:00 -- geeta.nair

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal came to rescue of a visually impaired candidate by directing the Centre to appoint him to civil service and allocate a suitable post based on the rank he secured in Civil Service Examinations 2016. A two-member bench comprising Justices R. Kantha Rao and Minnie Mathew allowed an application by Rizwan Basha Shaik from Kurnool, challenging the proceedings issued by the Department of Personal and Training (DoPT, IAS division) cancelling his selection.

Railways to stop using the words blind, deaf and dumb, physically challenged

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:04 -- geeta.nair

CHENNAI: The Railway Boardhas decided to replace the words 'blind,' 'deaf and dumb' and 'physically challenged' from concession forms with new words to describe the nature of disability. This was indicated in a policy circular dated January 12, which was released recently.

Divyang’ replaces ‘viklang’ in Railways’ certificate to disabled

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:33 -- geeta.nair

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Railways has made formal changes in concession certificate issued to people with disabilities clearly listing out how they be addressed.

The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion in 2015 that persons with disabilities be addressed as ‘divyangs’ (divine bodies) instead of ‘viklang’. Interestingly, it took the Railways almost two years to formally make the changes in travel concession forms issued to people with disabilities.    

‘Submit details of govt offices that are not disabled-friendly’

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:35 -- geeta.nair

High Court direction comes after plea states old buildings, hospitals inaccessible

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the government and civic bodies here to submit details of all government offices and public buildings which are not disabled friendly.

A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar gave the order after it was told that while new buildings are disabled friendly, most of the old buildings, including hospitals, are not.


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