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Volume 4 Issue 10

May 15, 2006


  • Social Security and Disabled People in India

    In mainstream development policy a simplistic view prevails where the conventional belief is that disabled people are incapable of earning and thus are economically dependent on their families or communities, or on charity. Most development programmes in India are inaccessible to disabled people mostly because of social or physical barriers that surround them. Chitra S. Shankar finds that Social Security programmes in India do not adequately reach disabled people. There is very little idea as regards the inclusion of disabled people in programme design and delivery of safety nets.



  • Delhi High Court gives deadline to various airlines to file affidavits
    With a view to end arbitrariness in delivering services not only to disabled passengers but also to senior citizens, temporarily disabled, pregnant women, parents with young children in prams, people with heavy luggage etc., by private airline operators and Airport Authority of India, the Delhi High Court extended the deadline to submit the affidavit.
  • Ten years after Disability Act less than 0.9 per cent disabled employees in private sector
    The total percentage of disabled people employed in various companies in India’s private sector is less than 0.9 per cent. More shocking is the fact that even after ten years of the passage of the Disability Act, almost 90 per cent companies do not have any policies regarding employment for disabled candidates despite the fact that the Act clearly mandates all Indian industries to ensure that five per cent of the total strength of their employees should be disabled people.
  • I.A.S. results declared; Twelve disabled candidates qualify
    It is a moment of elation for the disability sector as 12 disabled candidates have cleared the Civil Services Examination this year. The results were declared by Union Public Service Commission (U.P.S.C.) on May 8

  • C.I.I. reiterates its commitment to mainstream disability
    On 2 May 2006, the disability sector was witness to the first ever corporate initiative – in the form of a Conference - to mainstream disability through employment in corporate/industrial sector. To create awareness and to harness the resources of Industry, Confederation of Indian Industries (C.I.I.), in partnership with I.B.M., National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) and Action Aid organised a one day Conference on "Disability: Mainstreaming the Marginalised” at Hotel Taj Mansingh, New Delhi.
  • Lease of houses without proper access can be cancelled: Allahabad High Court
    In a landmark judgment, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the allotment of plots for a house built under any housing scheme, a development authority or housing development council in Uttar Pradesh without sufficient provision to access the building by disabled people, the provision for car parking, entry point, and an outlet for water drainage can be cancelled.
  • H.C. orders I.D.B.I. bank to allow visually impaired person to open account
    In a positive development, Justice Ranjan Gogoi of Guwahati High Court has passed an interim order directing the Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd. (I.D.B.I.) to allow Pincha, a visually impaired person, to open a savings bank account with cheque book facility “as in the case of persons with no visual impairment or any other disability”.

  • Special Olympics Bharat accorded priority status
    The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has given Special Olympics Bharat priority status by including it in its list of sports federations in the country, thus bringing mentally disabled athletes on par with non-disabled athletes who participate in national and international meets. The priority status entitles the federation to government grants and funding for sports activities.

  • The capital all set to get its first fully-accessible bus route
    Delhi is all geared up to get its first fully-accessible bus route in the form of route No. 620 - plying between Hauz Khas and Shivaji Stadium. This route will have specially designed buses and bus shelters, which are conducive for people with disability. Six low-floor buses have already been plying on this route and in a few months from now all buses on this route will be accessible ones.

  • Decision to eliminate key personnel in area of Disability; D.P.I. writes to World Bank President
    In its letter to the World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Disabled People’s International (D.P.I.) has expressed dismay at changes the Bank will be making with regard to inclusion of disability in its development agenda. Whilst retaining the position of ‘Disability Adviser’, the Bank has decided not to renew the contract of the current Disability and Development Adviser, Judith Heumann, and other key staff positions within the wider Disability and Development Team.

  • Students of world’s only university for the deaf protest appointment of new President
    Students at Gallaudet University protested the appointment of the new President, with hundreds rallying at the front gate of the campus and demanding that the choice be reconsidered. Angry students said their objections to the choice of Jane K. Fernandes, the university provost who was named to succeed I. King Jordan, centre on racial diversity (all three finalists for the presidency were white); on a lack of openness in the selection process; and on complaints about Fernandes’ style and record as provost.