Differently-Abled Community To Hold March On October 6 Against AAP-Led Delhi Govt

30/09/2015 10:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Expressing "disappointment" with the AAP-led Delhi government for not working in the community's welfare, differently-abled persons will hold a march on October 6 urging Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for a comprehensive dialogue with the members.

The march will start from ITO and end at Delhi Secretariat where the members will press for their demands which were previously "promised" by the AAP in their election manifesto.

"We are highly disappointed by Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government which has not worked on issues like certification for differently-abled people, maintenance allowance, education facilities and accessibility, as promised," Representative of Centre for Research and Policy in Disability, Radhika Alkazi, said.

"Certification is one of the major issue. Only 22 per cent of the disabled population have received certificates while another 78 per cent is deprived of all the facilities and benefits," a members of Delhi Viklang Adhikar Manch, Murlidharan, said.

"AAP government in their manifesto had promised to provide disabled citizens with certificates to avail the benefits they are entitled to," he added.

On the issue of providing educational facilities to the community, Dipanker Manocha, a member of National Association of the Blind, said, "Delhi government has failed to achieve anything on this front."

"There is no proper infrastructure, books and teaching material for the differently challenged persons in educational institutions," Manocha said.

"Even a government school like Lady Noyce School for deaf has been occupied by the office of the Department of Social Welfare leaving a little space for students," Manocha added.

The organisations claims to have written to Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, but have not got any response.

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