A Delhi-based disability rights activist has raised concerns over Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO), a multi-state cooperative society, terminating the job of a post graduate in rural management due to his partial visual impairment after making him an offer.
With articles essential for people with disabilities set to be taxed under the new GST regime, organisations representing such people are incensed, and have alleged that the government, which talks about inclusion of persons with disabilities, is in fact depriving them of basics necessities.
The organisations argue that for a person with a hearing impairment, a hearing aid is essential, for someone with a locomotor disability, a wheelchair is indispensable, and for the visually impaired, books in Braille are part of daily life.
He is brilliant, outspoken and handsome. But Joseph Bulugbe, a lawyer, is unhappy not because he not sighted but because of his inability to secure a job five years after bagging a second degree in Law. He says he is tired of life in Nigeria.
Bulugbe graduated with a 2.1 both from University of Lagos (Unilag) in 2009, and University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK) in 2012.
They are yet to understand the features of the new notes that distinguish them from fake ones
A young Tabrez Alam has been living with a dented confidence ever since the demonetisation announcement. Visually impaired since birth, Alam could tell the difference between a real and fake ₹500 note by merely running his fingers across one.
The introduction of the new notes has left him worried. “The new ₹500 note appears to be of the same size as a ₹20 note. I can no longer tell the difference merely on the basis of the size of the note,” Tabrez says.
Despite the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) repeatedly issuing circulars to all scheduled commercial banks across the country to provide banking facilities to customers with disabilities at a par with non-disabled people, the majority of disabled people continue to be inconvenienced by the banks. The situation is especially grim in rural areas and post the demonetisation announcement.
BENGALURU: About 0.04 per cent of the Bengaluru's population is suffering from deaf blindness and multiple disability. Many of them are mistaken as mentally challenged as their behaviour is different from others,” starts Akhil S Paul, executive director, Sense International India.
Her dependency on a walking cane does not stop 45-year-old Prerna (name changed) from commuting nearly 18 km to her workplace every day. The one-way journey from Sadarahalli to Malleswaram takes this government employee close to two hours, and involves changing three buses.
TIRUNELVELI: A 42 year old visually-impaired research scholar created a minor tension at the 23rd convocation function of Manomaniam Sundaranar University(MSU) by returning the degree certificate back to Governor, Rosaiah, on Saturday.
The absence of provisions for persons with disabilities (PwD) makes it tough for them to access suburban railway stations. Except for a few railway stations like Egmore, most stations in the city and its neighbourhood lack ramps and signboards. The absence of special counters and queues for PwD only adds to their troubles.
HYDERABAD:Visually-challenged people from various parts of the country, who gathered at a national conference on Right to Education Act (RTE) here on Sunday, made a unanimous demand for equal opportunities for blind students in education.