Srinagar: The J&K High court on Monday directed Registrar General of High Court, Principal District Judges of Srinagar and Jammu, Head Department of Architecture Bemina College, Vice Chancellors of Central University and Kashmir University to depute representatives including judges, faculty members and students for taking out disability sensitization training programmes.
The court recorded that urgent and immediate steps be taken for conducting these programmes and “the schedule of these programmes be placed before us within ten days,” the court directed.
A status report filed by Social Welfare Department pursuant to the order passed by court on April 10, 2019 informed that government has appointed Mohammad Iqbal Lone, the Disability Commissioner as the Nodal Officer for coordinating issues related to disability audit trainings. In this regard the officer has contacted the Nipman Foundation and the scheduling of training programmes in Srinagar and Jammu is being worked out.
The court was also informed that there is no specific school of Planning and Architecture, however, there is a department of Architecture in Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College Bemina, which is a cluster university.
In terms of order dated 10 April 2019, a committee was constituted by the principal of the college which has examined the access audit checklist of the sensitization programme which was submitted by Nipman Foundation.
“This Committee unfortunately did not join the representatives of Nipman Foundation as we had directed. This Committee has given reports to the effect that contents of the programme are as per the standards and practices followed globally. However, some contextual issues relevant to Kashmir stands identified by this Committee,” the court noted.
“Let the Registrar Judicial make available a copy of this report to Advocate Srishti Kumar representing Nipman Foundation during the course of the day so that the same can be examined and the access to all of sensitization programme suggested by Nipman Foundation be altered and modified to include the suggestions of the Committee,” the court directed.
The Court also directed that a formal document in this behalf be placed by Nipman Foundation before the court within ten days
In its submission Nipman Foundation suggested a one-day workshop explaining all facets concerning sensitization of difficulties faced by the disabled.
The court directed Mohammad Iqbal Lone, to collaborate with Nipman Foundation wherein representatives from all the departments take part. “Apart from the above sensitization program, let the Nodal Officer and Nipman Foundation also formalize a specific program for training of trainers. The same shall also be conducted with representatives from all authorities, courts as well as the universities.
Meanwhile, activist Javed Ahmad Tak discussed the the difficulties he is facing in accessing the court rooms.
“The Registrar Judicial shall ensure that access to the court rooms to Javed Ahmad Tak is suitably enabled so that he may not face any difficulty in future,” the court directed.