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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Why an exemption? ( Opinion Letter - New Delhi )

This refers to the letter, “Exemption for disabled” (April 2). I am a person with a disability, a doctor in a government medical college in Delhi. The letter writer says the Chief Commissioner of Disabilities has requested the Election Commission to exempt disabled persons from being deployed for election-related duty. Such a move will only harm the cause of equality. I do not see any reason why the disabled cannot take on additional work which is in the national service. I have raised complaints and filed RTI petitions when electors with disabilities have faced problems in the Delhi elections. There are a number of NGOs in the field of disability working to make the Delhi elections the most accessible ever. Based on our inputs, there is a registration link on the Delhi Election Commission website to help electors with disabilities. There must be concerted efforts to tackle the barriers of attitude. 

Satendra Singh,
New Delhi

Source : The Hindu , 5th April 2014  

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