Karnataka fails to utilise funds allocated to make government buildings, colleges accessible

Leading medical institutions and government buildings across Karnataka remain inaccessible to the disabled as the state has not fully used the government funds meant to improve accessibility.

In fact a major chunk of funds allocated to these institutions to provide infrastructure for the disabled under SIPDA -Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 - remains untouched.

Disabled students say that they find it hard to access different departments on the campuses and have to depend on friends to go anywhere.

Less than 50% of funds allocated to make buildings accessible have been used

Around Rs 10 crore was granted to various institutions and buildings, including 19 government buildings in Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya and Raichur, but less than Rs 5 crore has been used.

This has put a brake on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Accessible India campaign that was launched in 2015.

The Accessible India Campaign comes with an index to measure the design of disabled-friendly buildings and human resource policies. In December 2017, the Supreme Court has said that government buildings and educational institutes must be compatible with the needs of the disabled.

More than 40 government buildings and hospitals in Bengaluru were notified to provide disabled-friendly features but they are yet to receive financial aid.

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