Making buildings disabled-friendly is not being done fast enough

The government has launched the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan to make the country more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.

The project has set the target of making 25-50 government buildings in the national and state capitals, and important cities fully accessible for the disabled by July next year.

However, the reports on the progress are quite disappointing.

So far, out of 35 states and Union Territories in the country, only Daman and Diu has succeeded in making 20 government buildings disabled-friendly.

Most states and Union Territories have done the audits and identified buildings that are to be made disabled-friendly but the work is yet to be done.

10 states have still not completed the audit of buildings. These states are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

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