Bihar gets a new State Commissioner for Disabilities

Shivajee Kumar is Bihar's new State Commissioner for Disabilities. Kumar took charge on 25 April and says his mission is to find different ways to make the lives of disabled people better in the state of Bihar.

Kumar says he has been sending letters to public and private companies demanding greater accessibility and a barrier-free environment at government and private offices across the state. He has also written to various malls and hospitals in Bihar.

Kumar says that he is determined to ensure 5% reservation in school admissions for disabled children. According to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, all private and government schools in every state must set aside this quota for children with disabilities.

A state commissioner for disabilities has to work towards the welfare of disabled people in the state. Accessibility and inclusion must be given top priority. The commissioner must come forward to speak for disabled people if their rights are violated.

Under Kumar's charge, Bihar will soon open the first mobile court for disabled people on 15 May. As managing director of NGO, Samarpan, Kumar has many years of experience working with disabled people. He is confident that he can use experience and his official power to make the lives of people with disabilities better.

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