Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association on Monday staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding that Disability Act of 2016 be passed in the state.
Scores of protestors assembled in the press enclave and shouted slogans in favour of their demands.
The protesters said that in other Indian states the persons with disabilities are enjoying equal rights but the persons with disabilities in J&K were ignored and discriminated against.
“The government has already held two high level meetings in 2017, in which it was decided that census of persons with disabilities will be done so that job creation is ensured for eligible educated persons with disabilities. It was also decided that all recruiting agencies will adopt the rules of Union Public Service Commission to serve jobs to the educated disabled people,” Abdul Rashid Bhat, president of the association, said.
“We were waiting for the whole budget session of the assembly that rights of persons with disabilities Act 2016 will be passed. But government has not proved that disability is in the priority list. The state government failed to fulfill the promise with us,” said Bhat.
The protestors demanded that the Disability Act 2016 which has been passed in parliament of India should be passed in the state, CRC pending in Jammu from long time should be implemented in the state, National Trust which was functioning in the state but has been stopped by government should be reopened.
Moreover they said a special recruitment should be done in government and private sector for disabled persons who are suffering from long time.
The protestors requested the Governor to pass the Disability Act 2016 in the state.