Imphal, Aug 30,
Wrath over the partiality attitude of the government towards the differently abled persons of the state, large number of persons with disability under the aegis of the State Platform of Disabled Peoples’ Organisation today thronged to the office of the state Social Welfare department and staged a sit-in-protest in front of the office gate.
“We have been demanding a separate Directorate for the persons with disability so that all rights guaranteed in the RPD Act be ensured to all the differently abled persons”, Yunus Khan President of the platform of differently abled bodies said to reporters at the protest side.
Since morning many differently abled persons were seen approaching towards the State Social Welfare Department at North AOC side. Some came in their tricycles, some with white cane and some with walking stick. Placards with slogans “We want a separate Directorate”, “Disability Rights are Civil Rights”, “We want our demand’” etc. were displayed during the protest.
The State Platform of Disabled Peoples’ Organisation had on July 25, 2018 submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur demanding the state government to frame a disability policy and to Channelize the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016; to sanction the old aged pension of the persons with disabilities for the year 2015, 2016, 2017 and till date; to provide skill development programme for the disabled ; to create accessibility in all the public and private places as per the Section 40 and 46 of the RPD Act 2016; to amend and include disable game and sports in the state budget Policy and to reconstitute the Manipur State Paralympics Committee with representatives from the disabled organization and to create separate directorate for the persons with disabilities.
The platform of the disabled bodies had also threatened intense agitation if the demand were not fulfilled by August 25, which is now 5 days passed.
President of the disabled platform while talking to media said that they are left with anguished and frustration as none of their demand are seriously considered as they are borne disabled.
“They keep us playing from time to time without fulfilling our demand as we are differently abled people”, Yunus said.
Yunus further said that the so called CMHT or Right to free Education or care service are all guaranteed on the Representative of the Persons with disability Act 2016. This rights ensured in the act has been mislead to the people changing different name , he added.
Yunus appealed the government not to make fool of the disabled people and instead it will be better to fulfill the rights of the differently abled persons.
“This is our first protest, if the government fails to provide us assurance in written to make sure that that our demand will be fulfilled than the disabled people too like the normal person will launched intense agitation including bandh , blockade etc.”, Yunus said and added that first agitation will be bandh called at Tamenglong, 2nd will be bandh at Churachandpur site and the third will be along the Senapati site.