Disability rights group in Andhra Pradesh seek 5% quota in local civic bodies

The Andhra Pradesh State Viravasantha Physically Handicapped Welfare Association (APSVPHWA) held a protest in Vijayawada to draw attention of the Andhra Pradesh government to their demands.

They are asking that the government give them the facilities that will enable them to lead regular lives.

The protesters say that they have been raising many demands for the last four years, but these have been ignored. This includes the implementation of a 2016 Supreme Court, according to which 5% reservation must be given to disabled people in local bodies.

Some of the other benefits they are demanding include, three-wheelers for people with disabilities, increased pensions, pensions for family members of people with disabilities, housing, shelters for disabled people in each district, and subsidy on loans.

At the protest a demand was also raised that an aid of Rs 5 lakh be given to disabled women, who are victims of rape.

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