‘GR on specially-abled persons’ demands soon’
"A government resolution regarding brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA) test of specially-abled persons in government offices will be passed by the general administration and government health department,” added Kamble.
PUNE: Following a two-day protest of specially-abled persons outside the Disability Commissioner’s Office on Church Road near Pune station, Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice, who met the protesters on Tuesday said that facility for higher secondary education for them will be started at Nashik and Latur. The protesters had camped outside the disability commissioner office and had demanded a government resolution (GR) on their list of 16 demands.
Kamble had met the protesting specially-abled persons and after a four-hour meeting assured them that their demands will be put across the Cabinet Committee on February 28. Kamble and MP Anil Shirole said that Monday incident was unfortunate. “People should not worry as no case will be lodged against any person in the lathicharge incident of Monday,” said Shirole.
Speaking about the demands of specially-abled persons, Kamble said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is positive about meeting the demands of the specially-abled persons. “We will appoint a team of expert doctors who will recommend for driving licence for specially-abled persons. Sign language experts will be appointed in two technical colleges in each district. A government resolution regarding brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA) test of specially-abled persons in government offices will be passed by the general administration and government health department,” added Kamble. After getting the assurance from Kamble and Shirole, the protesters dispersed from the location. Kamble then requested the protester to have lunch and the arrangement for the same was made by members of a Gurudwara in Camp area.
Speaking about their demands Atiya Hazi, who was interpreting specially-abled persons Pradeep More and Manoj Patwari, said that the protesters are partially happy with the government decision and are waiting for the GR on the same.
“We will meet the chief minister on Thursday and if the government takes a back seat then we will boycott the upcoming elections. We will decide our future course of action on February 28,” said Hazi.
While the government has ordered a probe in the lathicharge incident, a press release issued by the city police said, “We handled the situation in a sensitive way and interference of police was required for the safety of protesters.”
NCP leader and Baramati MP Supriya Sule visited the protesters on Tuesday morning. Speaking about the demands of protesters, Sule said that the government should listen to the demands of protesters. “The lathicharge incident is indeed an unfortunate act,” added Sule.
The demands of the protesters included the right to quality and technical education, provision of trained interpreters for deaf students, provision for driving licence for specially-abled persons, stopping fraudulent distribution of disability certificates to able-bodied persons, addressing unemployment issues, courses in university for sign language and others.