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Volume 4 Issue 13

July 01, 2006

Feature

  • Planning process for the Disabled – Commitment or Sham?
    As the Planning Commission sets in motion the planning process for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012), the disability sector has serious concerns regarding the very nature of this exercise. Chitra S. Shankar voices these concerns, which need to be looked into and rectified at the earliest in order to ensure the proper implementation of the plans and legislations for the welfare of disabled people in India.

Interview


  • “In all likelihood, 2007 should see the signing of the Convention”: Anuradha Mohit
    Anuradha Mohit, Special Rapporteur for Disability, National Human Rights Commission, India, and Global Representative, National Human Rights Institutions in the U.N. Ad Hoc Committee, shares her views on the Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, in an interview with Chitra S. Shankar.

News

  • M.S.J.E. comes up with its own proposal for amendments to the Disability Act!
    D.N.I.S. News Network - The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (M.S.J.E.) has suddenly come up with its own proposal for amendments to the Disability Act, 1995, and in what a clandestine manner! It has posted the “proposed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995” in a quiet manner on the Ministry’s own website. And some of the proposed amendments are shocking, to say the least!!

  • Government to rehabilitate polio victims; Rs. 1,039 crore earmarked for polio eradication
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Apart from focusing on prevention, the Government has for the first time taken up the responsibility of rehabilitating about 20,000 polio victims in the country.
  • Grant provisional admission to disabled student: Delhi High Court tells D.U.
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Delhi High Court has issued a directive to Delhi University (D.U.) to grant provisional admission to a physically disabled student who was denied a seat to its dental course despite qualifying in the entrance test conducted by the varsity.
  • National Institute for Persons with Multiple Disabilities in Tamil Nadu
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has announced that it will set up a national institute for persons with multiple disabilities in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu.
  • Delhi Government increases ex-gratia payment for war disabled soldiers
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Delhi Government has announced its decision to implement uniform rate benefits to war disabled soldiers as per instructions issued by Ministry of Defence after the Kargil War. This new welfare package would enable enhanced ex-gratia amount apart from new benefits of housing assistance including subsidy and children’s education allowance.
  • Loopholes in the proposed Delhi Building Bylaws
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The New Delhi Building Bylaws are at present under public review and Svayam, a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the Jindal group aimed to promote self reliance amongst people with disabilities, has found that the bylaws are faulty, with numerous loopholes pertaining to accessibility.

  • 200 high-capacity buses to hit Delhi roads in next six months
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Delhi Transport Corporation has given the green signal for specially designed low-floor buses to ply in Delhi. Though work is yet to begin on the dedicated corridors for the High Capacity Bus System (H.C.B.S.), 200 buses will hit the existing roads in the next six months.

  • Specially designed bus shelters in the offing
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Despite the failure on the part of the New Delhi Municipal Council (N.D.M.C.) to incorporate necessary clauses to make the 197 new bus queue shelters in its area disabled-friendly, European advertising firm J. C. Decaux that bagged the contract has, in a letter to disability rights group Samarthya, offered to provide access ramps, tactile tiles and braille plates at all the shelters.
  • New devices for visually impaired launched
    D.N.I.S. News Network - The visually impaired can now choose a matching apparel and also read finer texts with ease by using two imported devices unveiled by the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (N.I.V.H.).

  • ‘Disabled’ fans ejected from stadium
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The World Cup fever is on and many would do just about anything to see their favourite teams play and win, as seen in an incident during the match between Argentina and Holland. Three Argentinean football fans entered the stadium pretending to be disabled and ultimately blew their own cover!