HC Orders Govt Depts To Ensure Access To Differently Abled

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked seventeen departments to ensure access to those who are differently abled.

“It would appear that the issue of ensuring access to differently abled has not been considered at all by any authority in the State. It is high time that these departments are sensitized in all aspects of ensuring access to those who are differently abled. For this purpose, appropriate training module has to be designed,” said a division chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan.

The Department including Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Floriculture, Parks and Gardens; General Administration Department (GAD);  Health and Medical Education; Higher Education; Home Department;  Hospital and Protocol Department;  Housing and Urban Development; Labour and Employment; Planning, Development and Monitoring; Public Works (R&B); School Education; Social Welfare;  Transport; Tourism; Estate and Airport Authority of India. 

 Given its experience in undertaking the training programs which has included public authorities in Delhi as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Police, Tihar Jail, Raj Ghat, etc, the court appointed M/s Nipman Foundation as the agency which would be conduct the training program and sensitization program for ensuring disability access to all in the State. “Every effort shall be made to ensure creation of pool of trainers of trainers for which purpose also training shall be conducted by the experts,” the court said.

In order to undertake a “meaningful exercise”, the court said it was necessary to appoint a Nodal Officer who would coordinate with the trainers in “this critical area”. “Let a copy of this order as well as copy of training program “Access to All Sensitization Program” be made available to the Chief Secretary of the State of Jammu & Kashmir, who would appoint a Nodal Officer in the matter to coordinate amongst the authorities/ departments.”

The court also appointed M/s Nipman Foundation to conduct disability audit of its Srinagar Wing as also the Srinagar District Court Complex, constructed recently.  

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