Jammu and Kashmir turns out to be a disabled unfriendly state!
Jammu and Kashmir has often been in the news for being inaccessible to people with disabilities and the elderly. Disabled people, NGO’s and activists are raising their concerns over this matter, and wants strict action to be taken at the earliest!
According to a census that was taken in 2011, Jammu and Kashmir has nearly four lakh disabled people. That consists of almost three percent of the population! But why is the government insensitive towards needs and demands of people with disabilities?
Apparently, even the secretariat is not disabled friendly. Lack of wheelchair ramps, handrails and lifts makes it a struggle for disabled people to enter the secretariat premises.
Inaccessibility of private and government buildings, hospitals, buses and roads makes mobility a nightmare for thousands of disabled people in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last year, all state governments across the country had ensured that they will implement the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPWD) at the earliest.
Recently, local NGO’s and government offices had promised that they are going to make a few buildings disabled friendly under the accessible India campaign. Disabled people points out that no action has been taken yet!