J&K Handicapped Association stages protest, highlights demands

J&K Handicapped Association staging protest at Press Colony in Srinagar on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
J&K Handicapped Association staging protest at Press Colony in Srinagar on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, May 17: J&K Handicapped Association highlighted the burning demands of the physically challenged persons in a protest demonstration held at Press Enclave, here today.
A large number of physically challenged persons participated in the protest. They demanded implementation of Disabilities Act 2016 in J&K as soon as possible, special recruitment drive for qualified disabled persons, enhancement of monthly pension from Rs 1000 to Rs 4000, vertical reservation for persons with disabilities rather than horizontal in all government jobs, abolishment of SRO SW 59, 142 and 127 and 4% promotion and transfer policy for disable persons.
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They also laid stress on setting up rehabilitation center in each district headquarters of CRC, health coverage of handicapped persons with special package, 11.4% reservation in Assembly, Municipalities and Panchayats, reservation in all colleges and universities for children of disable persons, setting up advisory board for economic and social development of physically challenged persons, 50% concessions in electric and water fee charges and re-advertisement of backlog vacancies since 1993 to till date.
The speakers also sought appointment of Disabilities Commissioner, fee exemption to handicapped persons applying for jobs, opening of separate counters in every Government and semi-Government department for disable persons, opening of Braille schools for blind persons in every district, exempting disable persons from all type of taxes including GST, reservation for disable persons in shopping complexes made by Government departments and plots allotted by Jammu development Authority, etc.
Members of the Association hoped that their demands will be looked into seriously by the concerned authorities and positive action will be taken accordingly.