Despite Accessible India campaign, disabled people in this Goa city feel neglected

There are over 100 people with different types of disabilities in Canacona, a city in Goa.

This includes people who are blind, deaf, mental health conditions and physical disability, besides other type of disabilities.

They say that because central government guidelines and circulars are not implemented, the disabled and their families feel neglected by both the government and the society.

This includes provisions like 4% reservation in government jobs and setting aside areas for parking of vehicles of the disabled. The reserved parking for persons with disabilities has been made mandatory for all government buildings, however only few offices have reserved parking.

When it comes to jobs, even seats reserved for the disabled are occupied by people who have no disabilities.

The law has given various powers to people with disabilities but in Goa, the powers and benefits are only on paper. The disabled have to fight with the government for the simplest right.

Besides, public services like buses, railways, theaters, cinema halls and hospitals have no or poor accessibility to the disabled, which amounts to discrimination.

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