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Centre criticizes Maharashtra government for delays in Accessible India campaign

The Maharashtra government has been strongly criticized by the central government for failing to make all government structures disabled friendly.

After this, senior state government officials have issued a warning to all departments asking them to identify the 50 most important buildings in the state and and make them accessible to persons with disabilities.

Maharashtra has failed to make transport systems accessible for the disabled. The government has asked the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to make sure that all 570 bus stands meet the standards.

All bus stops have to be equipped with ramps, and reserve five seats in buses for the disabled. Support bars, ring brackets and velcro belts will also be provided.

The Accessible India Campaign was launched on 3 December, 2015 to ensure universal accessibility for persons with disabilities in the transport system, and information and technology. 18 organisations were chosen as auditors and 50 cities were selected.

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