Srinagar: The J&K High Court has sought an action plan for undertaking disability census from the state authorities. Asking the government to submit the action plan with the court within four weeks, the court sought expeditious action on the state-wide census and a disability audit of public buildings.
“The respondents will also place before this court an action plan with regard to undertaking disability audits of public buildings which would include hospitals, bus stands, transport system, railway stations, airports, all Government buildings, pavements, parks, etc,” The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar said while hearing a PIL on the issues faced by persons with disabilities.
The court remarked that deficiency in facilities for persons with disabilities render the employment reservations for them inconsequential.
The court also called for a report from GoI’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment about the grants and schemes provided for the persons with disabilities in J&K.
It impleaded the Secretary of the Social Justice ministry as party respondent and directed him to inform the court about the guidelines and policy framework framed for implementation by the stakeholders to ensure equality and dignity to the disabled.
The Court directed that these directions be served upon the Chief Secretary for examination.