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View disability from social view: HRLN
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jul 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jul. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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Director of disability rights initiative, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) Rajive Raturi, on Wednesday, called for changing the perception of disabled persons from medical to social point of view.
Addressing the participants during the meeting on disability issue in the state, Raturi also highlighted various articles for safeguarding the rights of disabled people. “The articles under the covenant are powerful tools negotiate with the government” he pointed out. Raturi also highlighted the various salient features of the UNCPRD.
The director further pointed out that there was no provisions for disabled persons incase of natural or man made disaster affecting them. Raturi also suggested modifying the existing laws; seek altered judicial interpretation and lobbying with the executive to bring about a change in the rules and regulations.
Director of Prodigals Home K Ela in her brief presentation highlighted the condition of people with disabilities (PWD) in the state. Taking 2001 census report, she informed that there were more than 26,000 people with disabilities. (PWDs), However she also expressed reservations on the reliability of the data and added that the figure might be more or less.
Further highlighting the various factors for poor conditions of PWDs, Ela pointed out that not much importance given to them coupled with ignorance of the community in addressing issues related to PWDs.
She also listed lack of adequate response from the government as another factor. It may be noted that there is no independent disability commissioner in Nagaland.
Ela also added that no PWDs registered with five major NGOs have been employed till date.
Some of the findings of Prodigals Home Dimapur are.
No compartments in buses, no Installation of auditory signals at red lights, No slopes in pavements, No ramps in public buildings, No Special Counters in public services such as Bus Stations, Banks, Gas delivery units etc. (Ref. PWD Act. Ch. 8).
No 3% reservation in poverty alleviation Schemes (Rf. PWD Act Ch.6).
No Special Employment Exchange. (Rf. PWD Act Ch.6).
No Barrier free schools & colleges (Ref. PWD Act Ch5).
Aids and Appliances (inadequate and poor quality) Ref. Ch 7.
No establishment of Home for Severe disability.
Limited employment avenues for PWDs.

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