Deaf youth in Mumbai gets driving license after many painful attempts

Ajinkya Tatke, an 18-year-old deaf youth in Mumbai, managed to get his driving license after three attempts. Authorities denied him a learner's driving licence three times though he had relevant documents.

The first time he was told that he had to submit a letter from the Ali Yavur Jung Institute certifying he was deaf and specifically asking the RTO to issue a driving licence.

He got the letter and visited the RTO again with a audio-gram, which certified that both his ears had severe to profound impairment. But the certificate did not specify that he should be issued a driving licence, and sent him home.

Finally Prasad Salvi, president of the Bharatiya Divyang Sena, led a delegation to the office of regional RTO commissioner Pravin Gedam, where he talked about the problems deaf youth faced in getting a license.

This was despite a government order clearing licences to the deaf after the Bombay High Court passed an order on the matter on 5 January.

After this, authorities issued a letter to officials sensitising them to the rules and Ajinkya for the license.

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